Diego Maradona was seen smiling as he left hospital on Friday following a health scare, insisting “nothing happened” and that he’s “fine”.
The former World Cup winner had returned to Buenos Ares for a routine check-up at the Clinica Olivos, although reports in Argentina claimed that stomach bleeding had been detected.
Maradona’s daughter Dalma dispelled any notion that the Argentine legend was in danger, however, insisting that the reports were “wrong” and that her father would soon be returning home.
She wrote in response to an Argentine journalist on Twitter : “You are saying things that are wrong!
“I do not know who gives you the info but it is serious, when it is something about health, that you say something that is not [true]!”
She added: “To all those who are really worried about my dad, I tell them that it is okay, that Gianni [another of Maradona’s daughters] is there with him and that in a while he goes home.
“I would publish the photo they sent me but it is not my style to publish everything.”
Indeed, Maradona was later released from hospital and seen smiling at journalists and photographers as he departed. He would also take to Instagram to reassure fans who were concerned over his health.
“I want to thank you for the messages of encouragement,” he wrote. “I’m sorry to have worried you for no reason. I want to tell you that nothing happened, that I’m fine.
“Today, I am looking after my grandchildren Benja, Dieguito Matias, and my son Diego Fernando. I send you all a kiss!”
This is not the first time Maradona’s health has been a cause for concern, however. Last summer he required medical attention after Argentina’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria in the World Cup after suffering a drop in blood pressure.
He has also used a walking stick for most of this season due to arthritis in both knees.
The 58-year-old’s latest health concern means he will miss Dorados’ next match, which takes place against Celaya on Sunday.
The news also comes just hours after his agent Matias Morla took to Twitter to confirm that Maradona would be remaining with the Mexican second-tier side next season.
“Diego Maradona has arranged to continue with the Dorados de Sinaloa and will stay as coach of the team for the whole season,” he wrote.
The lawyer also clarified that Diego would join up with Dorados following his medical treatments on Friday, ahead of the coming season.
Maradona is still considered one of the greatest players ever and inspired Argentina’s victory at the 1986 World Cup.
His playing career, which lasted nearly 20 years, saw him play for sides including Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli.