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Maradona admitted in hospital again

PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, Buenos Aires
May 08, 2004 02:04 AM IST

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who came close to death with severe heart and lung problems last month, has been admitted to hospital again early on Wednesday, Argentine television said.

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who came close to death with severe heart and lung problems last month, has been admitted to hospital again early on Wednesday, Argentine television said.

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Maradona, the 43-year-old 1986 World Cup winning captain, spent 12 days in the Suizo-Argentina hospital in Buenos Aires before checking out on Thursday without the full support of medical staff.

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Diego junior's roller-coaster career, which included 34 goals in 91 matches for Argentina, began in 1975 and ended in 1997. He also played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Seville and Newell's Old Boys.

He led Argentina to their second World Cup in 1986 after winning a controversial quarter-final against England, when he scored his "Hand of God" goal by fisting the ball over England goalkeeper Peter Shilton's outstretched hands.

Maradona led Argentina to the final of the 1990 World Cup in Italy where he needed pain-killing injections to play with a serious ankle injury. West Germany gained revenge for their 1986 defeat by taking the trophy.

In 1991, Maradona tested positive for cocaine and was banned for 15 months.

He played in his fourth World Cup in the United States in 1994 after battling health and weight problems but he tested positive for a cocktail of drugs and was thrown out of the tournament.

In recent years Maradona sought treatment for his addiction in Cuba, where he was often seen alongside the country's president, Fidel Castro.

But since a bloated Maradona returned to Argentina, speculation and concern had grown over his health.

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