sport news Diego Maradona has 'successful' brain surgery despite drug and alcohol issues

Diego Maradona's surgery on blood clot on his brain is declared a 'success' despite issues caused by his history with drugs and alcohol - as fans stage a vigil outside his hospital in Argentina Diego Maradona's surgery on a bleed on his brain has been declared a success Argentina's football icon was rushed from his home to a Buenos Aires hospital His operation was complicated by his past cardiac, drug and alcohol problems Maradona, who turned 60 last week, was addicted to cocaine during his career

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Published: 08:25 GMT, 4 November 2020 | Updated: 08:33 GMT, 4 November 2020

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Diego Maradona's surgery on a blood clot on his brain has been declared a 'success' despite worrying issues caused by his long history with drugs and alcohol, it has been announced.

The footballing legend, widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game, had a subdural hematoma - an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain - according to his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

His PR team have now confirmed that the major surgery he had on Tuesday, less than a week after his 60th birthday, went well and he is now on the road to recovery.

Diego Maradona has undergone successful surgery in Argentina for a blood clot on his brain

His fans have gathered outside the hospital to stage a vigil for the legend

Diego Maradona has undergone successful surgery in Argentina for a blood clot on his brain

Maradona was originally in La Plata (pictured) before being transferred to Buenos Aires

Maradona was originally in La Plata (pictured) before being transferred to Buenos Aires

Maradona's personal doctor Leopoldo Luque (pictured) has been updating the media on him

Maradona's personal doctor Leopoldo Luque (pictured) has been updating the media on him

Mr Luque, a neurologist, said the problem likely was caused by an accident, but Maradona has said he does not recall such an incident.

The Argentine great will rest in his room in a private clinic outside Buenos Aires for at least 48 hours, where his fans have gathered in large numbers outside to show their support.

Maradona was accompanied to the clinic by his daughters Dalma, Giannina and Jana and other relatives, according

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