Argentina football great Maradona to undergo brain surgery

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"Diego is a person who is sometimes excellent and sometimes not so much", Luque added. It's a time when we must help him. "He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention".

His personal doctor, Leopoldo Luque, told reporters: "He [Maradona] is not well psychologically and that has an impact on his physical wellbeing".

Luque visited Maradona, the coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima in La Plata, in the clinic south of Buenos Aires.

The former Argentina football star had been hospitalised since Monday night for anaemia and dehydration, though his condition had been improving, his personal doctor said earlier in the day.

Luque admitted that he had a minor disagreement with Maradona over the length of his stay in the hospital, with the doctor looking to keep the World Cup victor hospitalised for a bit longer.

Maradona was admitted to hospital on Monday after reportedly feeling unwell for several days.

In 2007 he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.

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"What he needs most is the support of the people", Luque said. The doctor had ruled out any link to the coronavirus pandemic, which is ravaging the South American country, much of it still under confinement.

He has suffered two heart attacks in the past and contracted hepatitis.

Though he has recovered from a well-documented addiction to hard drugs, Maradona takes medication in the form of tranquilizers and anxiolytics.

The former Argentina captain, who led his team to triumph in the 1986 World Cup, is now coach of Argentine SuperLiga club Gimnasia.

The doctor said he will perform the surgery at a hospital that he did not identify.

A almost unstoppable force as an attacking midfielder, Maradona utterly dominated the 1986 World Cup, leading the Albiceleste to their second title.

The former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors player has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that accompanied and followed his playing career.

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