Diego Maradona, the legendary soccer player from Argentina, pronounced himself “fine” after his curious gestures and odd behavior sparked concerns about his health during Argentina’s World Cup match with Nigeria.
Maradona, 57, wrote on Instagram that he had been seen by a doctor during Argentina’s 2-1 victory and said that his “neck hurt a lot.” Sharing an image of an attendant taking his pulse, he wrote: “I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, neither was I, hospitalized. In the halftime of the game against Nigeria, my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation. I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave? I send a kiss to everyone, thanks for the support!”
He did not give any further details of his “descompensacion.” Medically, decompensation means failure of an organ, but Maradona gave no further information. A man purported to be Maradona did, however, tell fellow Argentinian Daniel Arcucci in a voice message
that he had drunk too much alcohol. “Where we were they were only serving white wine. Yes, we drank all the wine, but now I’m talking to you and I’m telling you the truth.”