Marcos Brindicci / Associated Press
World soccer legend Diego Maradona is recovering on Tuesday night after undergoing successful surgery to remove the subdural hematoma from the brain, according to ESPN.
“I was able to suck the hematoma successfully and Diego endured the surgery very well,”; said Leopoldo Luque, a neurosurgeon and personal physician. “… Diego is being controlled. He has a small hole [to remove fluid] that we plan to release tomorrow. His stay in hospital will depend on his progression. But the start of his recovery has been great. The way he reacts after promising surgery. “
Maradona, 60, was hospitalized on Monday night for dehydration, depression and anemia. MRI scan then found that Coach Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata (Argentina’s first team) had subdural, hematoma on the brain’s surface.
The football legend led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup, one of two victories in the competition (1978). Only England’s Gary Lineker has scored more (six) goals in the tournament than Maradona’s five, including two against England in the quarter-finals.
One of them was the controversial “Hand of God” when Maradona played with his hand very clearly. Four minutes later, he scored one of the greatest goals in tournament history, dribbling across the half-court and past several England squads before hitting the net.
He has also had a successful club career, winning two Serie A titles with Napoli. In his later years, Maradona paused several times as a manager, including during his stint at the Argentina national team.
He has also had health concerns in recent years, including bleeding in the stomach in 2019. According to ESPN, “In 2004, he was hospitalized with severe heart and respiratory problems associated with a long battle with drug addiction. He underwent two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and also received treatment for alcohol abuse. “