Reports in Argentina claimed that the former FC Barcelona and Napoli footballer was taken to a hospital in La Plata, a town which is one hour away from the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. The hospital to which the legendary Fifa World Cup winner is currently admitted has been identified as the Ipensa clinic.
Local reports confirmed that Diego Maradona was not rushed to the hospital as earlier speculated but was taken to the hospital for medical examination which is not related to coronavirus infection.
Recall that when the bodyguard of the 60-year-old football icon was confirmed to be a carrier of the dreaded coronavirus, there were fears that the retired footballer who now coaches an Argentine club, Gimnasia de La Plata, might have been infected with the virus. But a coronavirus test was carried out on him and it was confirmed that he was negative.
Two days after, he celebrated his 60th birthday on November 30, 2020, and appeared on the sideline during an Argentine league game involving Gimnasia de La Plata. However, it was reported that the former Argentina national team coach could not continue with the match and had to abandon it halfway due to medical complications. He was then taken to the hospital for examination and was later admitted for further observation.
Diego Maradona and his medical history
Before Maradona retired from professional football in 1997, the Argentine football icon has battled a series of health issues due to his lifestyle. One of the medical issues the football icon has been battling is obesity. He tried to correct that by undergoing gastric bypass surgery on 6 March 2005.
After retirement from football, Maradona continued with his unhealthy lifestyle which led him to battle with hepatitis and forced him to be admitted to a hospital on 29 March 2007.
Since then, the retired footballer who is mostly referred to as one of the greatest footballers of all time was able to manage his health well enough without having to be taken to the hospital. But 2019 became one of his toughest years medically as he was admitted to the hospital where he underwent surgery after a hernia caused internal bleeding in his stomach.
As of the time of publishing this report, there has not been any official statement confirming or debunking the fact that Maradona has been admitted to a hospital. The gravity of his medical condition is still not known.