Maradona is hospitalized in dangerous condition

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Argentina legend Diego Maradona is believed to be in a critical condition following his admission to a Buenos Aires hospital with breathing difficulties.

According to an official statement from the Suizo Argentina Clinic, Maradona is suffering from hypertension and heart problems and has been sedated, intubated and attached to a machine to help him to breathe.

The medical report states his prognosis is "moderately favourable" but the forecast is as yet uncertain.

The 43-year-old had gone to watch his old team Boca Juniors play at home against Nueva Chicago yesterday morning but at 6pm local time (10pm UK time) he was rushed to the clinic's intensive care unit.

Maradona's personal physician Dr Alfredo Cahe was surprised by the ex-footballer's sudden illness.

"I do a daily check on Diego and he was fine," Dr Cahe said on the steps of the clinic.

Family members and friends went to the hospital to be at his bedside.

Maradona has a history of drug and health problems. In 2000 he suffered severe heart problems due to a cocaine overdose.

He then began a long recovery treatment in Cuba and returned to his homeland last month.

Maradona was also twice banned for failing drug tests during his playing days.

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thats what he gets for using drugs. I love soccer, but hated him since he used so many drungs to help him play. Basically, to last longer than others while on field. :p ...

Anyways, it sucks to happen to anyone. He was a great player, and would have been a greater star, legend, if he woulnd have used drugs.

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there was nobody even half as good as maradona during his peak. its unfortunate people keep showing him during his darker moments, such as the pic up front when he was obese

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