Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has died of a heart attack at the age of 60, his spokesman announced on Wednesday.
The Argentine World Cup-winning captain undergone brain surgery earlier this month with doctors successfully removing a blood clot from his brain.
Surgeons at the private clinic in Buenos Aires where the surgery was done spent 80 minutes removing the clot.
Speaking after the surgery one of the surgeons spoke of how surprised he was at the rate of recovery of the football legend.
“I just saw him, he’s switched on, in a very good mood. We are amazed at how he’s healing,” said the doctor, Leopoldo Luque, who provided an update on the 60-year-old’s condition.
“But we have to be careful because we are still in the postoperative period,” he cautioned.
“It is clear that he has no neurological complications,” said Luque, speaking to reporters through a mask.
“There are other parameters that we are waiting to evaluate because it is still very early. But the recovery is excellent.”
The comments sparked loud cheering and chanting from fans of Maradona who have hung banners depicting his glory day outside the clinic.
The world cup winner had been taken to hospital in La Plata – where he is the coach of top-flight side Gimnasia y Esgrima for a series of tests after feeling unwell.
A scan revealed the blood clot, and he was transferred to the clinic in a northern neighbourhood of the capital.
Maradona has suffered ill health before. He has survived two heart attacks, and also contracted hepatitis and underwent gastric bypass surgery.
Following this surgery, fellow Argentina football star Lionel Messi sent him a message of support.
“Diego, all the strength in the world. My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible,” said the Barcelona forward, who like Maradona in his pomp wears the No.10 jersey.
Due to his age and previous health issues, Maradona is considered high risk in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Argentina hard.
Several times in the last eight months he has been in isolation and was forced to stay at home although he later tested negative.
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