Argentina legend Diego Maradona has insisted he is ‘fine’ after requiring medical assistance soon after the epic encounter between Argentina and strong-looking Nigeria.
However, Maradona’s national team made an eventful comeback to secure a place in the last 16.
Marco Rojo’s late winner helped Argentina to secure a place in the last 16.
The 1986 World Cup-winner Maradona has been a lively presence in the stands throughout a testing Russia 2018 campaign for Argentineans.
On Tuesday (June 26), the enigmatic 57-year-old Maradona was back in the stands to witness a must-win encounter in St Petersburg. And, his actions in the stand were eventful like the match in itself.
Argentina team was able to book their place in the final 16 with a dramatic 86-minute winner. After the goal, Maradona indulged in his own kind of celebration. It was, however, after the game finished that events appeared to take a turn for the worse.
Having ridden a rollercoaster of emotions, Maradona had to be helped from his place on one of the terraces. And, into an executive box as he struggled to remain upright.
Panic gripped immediately as many prayed for his wellbeing. But paramedics were quickly on the scene as an iconic figure recovered from the comfort of a chair away from the field.
Some reports suggest that Maradona was immediately taken to hospital after the match. It has been known that a sudden health scare had been caused by low blood pressure.
However, former Barcelona star Martin Arevalo stated Maradona was recovering and leaving after being provided the help and rest period he required.
Diego Maradona himself also said about his health via instagram:
“I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, nor was I, hospitalised. At half-time of the game against Nigeria, my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation. I was checked by a doctor and he recommended that I leave before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were playing for everything. How could I leave? I send a kiss to everyone. Thanks for the support.”