Maradona, 60, was admitted to the hospital on Monday with a subdural hematoma

By Ashley Boucher
November 04, 2020 02:01 AM
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Argentinian football player Diego Maradona is out of surgery.

Maradona, 60, was admitted to the hospital on Monday with a subdural hematoma, ESPN reported, and his doctor said Tuesday that the athlete made it out of surgery successfully.

"I was able to evacuate the hematoma successfully and Diego tolerated the surgery very well," said Maradona's neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, per ESPN.

"Diego is under control," added Luque, who spoke with reporters outside of Buenos Aires' Olivos clinic.

"He has a small drain [to remove fluid] that we are planning to take out tomorrow," the doctor said. "His stay at the hospital will depend on his evolution. But the start of his recovery was great. The way he reacted after the surgery is promising."

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Maradona's doctors discovered the brain clot after he was admitted into the Ipensa clinic in La Plata suffering from anemia, dehydration and depression, ESPN reported. An MRI was performed, revealing the hematoma.

Maradona, who turned 60 on Friday, is considered one of the best football players of all time. He helped lead Argentina to a World Cup win over West Germany in 1986, and was named the tournament's best player. He's played in four different FIFA World Cups.

The soccer star retired in 1997 and has suffered some health concerns since then, including bleeding in his stomach last year.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Luque said that Maradona was "not well psychologically and that has an impact on his physical wellbeing," NBC Sports reported.

"My idea is to have him hydrated for three days, see the evolution and adjust the medication," he said. "Diego is a person who is sometimes excellent and sometimes not so much. He could be 10,000 times better, and bringing him here helps him. It’s very difficult being Maradona."