Maradona admitted to hospital

Updated: 01 April 2007 09:53 IST

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona was taken to a Buenos Aires clinic in an ambulance after suffering an unspecified "imbalance" in his health.

Maradona admitted to hospital

Buenos Aires:

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona was taken to a Buenos Aires clinic in an ambulance on Wednesday after suffering an unspecified "imbalance" in his health, the clinic said in a statement.

Maradona, 47, arrived at the Guemes health clinic in the Argentine capital in an ambulance and was followed few minutes later by his two daughters, Dalma and Giannina, footage broadcast by local television stations showed.

The former soccer great "has entered the sanatarium for medical studies following an imbalance he suffered," the clinic said in a statement.

The clinic did not specify what the "imbalance" was but said it "was not related to an addiction to dangerous drugs."

Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup championship and went on to become one of soccer's greatest players.

Battled cocaine

He later battled cocaine addiction and obesity. In 2001, he was named by FIFA as one of the greatest players in soccer history, alongside Brazil's Pele.

In 2005, Maradona underwent a gastric bypass surgery in Colombia and soon after sported a thinner look.

Over the weekend, Argentine newspapers reported that Maradona had put on weight and was considering taking a "vacation" in Switzerland to help shed the extra pounds (kilos).

Maradona's doctor, Alfredo Cahe, told local media he was worried about the former soccer star's weight, comments that generated alarm in Argentina because of his history of drug and weight-related heart problems.

Maradona was counseled for drug abuse in Argentina in 2004 and in September of that year traveled to Cuba for treatment at Havana's Centre for Mental Health.

In 2005, a healthier Maradona started a career as host of a popular television programme and joined the management of the Boca Juniors soccer team.



Topics : Football
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