Friend of the downtrodden, enemy of imperialism: Diego Maradona transcended football to become a ‘voice for the voiceless’.
Rising to stardom from a grimy Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory, Maradona was a rags-to-riches story in his football-mad homeland and gained the iconic status of fellow Argentinians Che Guevara and Evita Peron.
“The good thing is that Diego is together, Diego is solid.”
Maradona's lawyer told reporters that Argentine soccer legend would leave hospital and go directly to a rehabilitation facility for alcohol treatment.
Legendary Argentine football icon underwent a successful brain surgery on a blood clot on Tuesday night.
Diego Maradona's decision comes two days after he announced to quit the Argentine club which prompted an outpouring of emotion from fans, many of whom turned up at the club to call on him to stay.
Argentina's World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona successfully underwent an operation to stem bleeding caused by a hernia, his lawyer said.
In another Group D clash, Croatia dismissed Iceland 2-1 to proceed ahead to the knockout round of the World Cup.
Ancelotti, sacked by Bayern Munich last September, steps in after Sarri was pushed out of the San Paolo Stadium after finishing second in Serie A behind Juventus.
The month-long tournament, taking place across 11 host cities from Kaliningrad in the west to Ekaterinburg, 2,500km away in the east, begins on June 14, 2018.
"We are Chavistas to the death. When Maduro gives an order, I will serve as a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against imperialism," Argentine football hero Diego Maradona writes in support of Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
The international football body expects the decision to bring in more money, but it has been criticised by some European clubs and coaches.
Millions of fans around the world have taken to social media to urge Messi to reconsider his decision to retire from international football.
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