Maracaibo (Venezuela), Nov 17 (IANS) Football legend Diego Maradona underwent a second gastric bypass operation here after his doctor warned that the 55-year-old is 75 kg over his ideal weight.
Maradona had his first gastric bypass 10 years ago but has since gained weight and developed complications.
“He (Maradona) told me he was feeling fine, that he wasn’t in any pain,” 1986 World Cup champion’s doctor Carlos Felipe Chaux was quoted as saying by BBC.
He will stay in the city for at least eight days before travelling to the capital Caracas to complete his recovery. Maradona led Argentina to World Cup triumph in 1986 with a series of virtuoso performances, before finishing as runners-up four years later.
Apart from his weight problems, he has also struggled with obesity and alcohol addiction.
The football legend travelled to England to support Argentina in the Rugby World Cup last month, cheering on the Pumas in their pool match against Tonga in Leicester and semi-final defeat by Australia at Twickenham.