Argentina’s captain and World Cup winner Diego Maradona is recovering at the hospital after successfully undergoing routine surgery for stomach bleeding, his lawyer said.
The 58-year-old former Boca Juniors and Napoli player discovered the problem in early January during a check-up at a hospital in Olivos, just outside Buenos Aires.
Saturday’s operation, to stop bleeding caused by a hernia, was not complicated but aimed to resolve what one source told Reuters was the “inconvenience” caused by this type of problem.
“Diego Maradona’s surgery is over. Thank God, everything was perfect,” his lawyer Matías Morla said on Twitter.
Maradona has spent frequent hospital stays over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that helped him become one of the most admired players of the 20th century.
The last time he fell ill was at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he fainted in a box during the Argentina-Nigeria game.
Maradona was admitted to hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems related to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach extinction operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.
In 2007 he registered at a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.
In recent months he has been walking with the help of crutches due to problems with his knees.
The doctors discovered the hemorrhage shortly before Maradona had to fly to Mexico, where he coaches the Dorados second division team from Sinaloa.
Morla said he would return to lead the club for a second season as soon as his recovery was complete.
“Now we’re hoping for recovery so Diego can get back to work as soon as possible,” Morla said.