Diego Maradona was in an ecstatic form the earlier day when Argentina beat Nigeria to qualify for the last 16 in the World Cup even when it was deemed tough for the Latin American nation to qualify.
He was reportedly seen being helped off his seat from the gallery and then he collapsed into a chair inside the stadium. The 57-year-old, who captained Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986, said his “neck hurt a lot”.
He was immediately attended by local paramedics and then transported to a local hospital. However, it is being reported that he was stabilised at the stadium even though he denied being taken to the hospital.
Castellano | Italiano | Inglés Quiero contarles que estoy bien, que no estoy ni estuve internado. En el entretiempo del partido con Nigeria me dolía mucho la nuca y sufrí una descompensación. Me revisó un médico y me recomendó que me fuera a casa antes del segundo tiempo, pero yo quise quedarme porque nos estábamos jugando todo. ¿Cómo me iba a ir? Les mando un beso a todos, perdón por el susto y gracias por el aguante, hay Diego para rato! Voglio solo dirvi che sto bene, che non sono e non sono stato ricoverato. Durante l'intervallo della partita con la Nigeria ho avuto un forte dolore alla nuca e un mancamento. Un medico mi ha visitato e mi ha consigliato di tornare a casa prima del secondo tempo, ma ho deciso di rimanere perché ci stavamo giocando il tutto per tutto. Come sarei potuto andarmene? Un bacio a tutti e grazie per il supporto… Diego ci sarà ancora per un bel po'! I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, neither was I interned. In the halftime of the game against Nigeria, my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation. I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave? I send a kiss to everyone, thanks for the support!
Maradona was seen celebrating ecstatically by showing his middle finger after Marcos Rojo’s right foot finish which won Argentina the match. Many pundits who were big names in their careers aren’t impressed with the antics of Maradona.