Lionel Messi sends 'A big hug from the heart' to Argentine legend Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi sends 'A big hug from the heart' to Argentine legend Diego Maradona

- Lionel Messi has sent a 'quick recovery message to football icon Diego Maradona

- The Argentine underwent brain surgery after developing blood clot in his head

- The 60-year-old is now recovering from the operation and could make a public appearances soon

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Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has send a 'get well soon' message to his compatriot and formal Argentine national team captain and coach Diego Maradona.

The 60-year-old won the FIFA World Cup trophy in 1986 recently underwent a surgery to remove the blood clot in his brain.

Reports claim the football icon took himself to the Ipensa Clinic in La Plata earlier this week over health issues but developed a severe illness and was transfered to the Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires.

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Maradona was said to have looked extremely tired and dehydrated in his last public appearance before his admission on Monday, November 2 as reported by

However, Messi took to social media to express his desire to see his former national team coach return to full fitness. He said on Instagram:

“Diego, all the strength in the world. My family and I want to see you healthy again as soon as possible. A big hug from the heart!”

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Meanwhile, Maradona's doctor Dr Leopoldo Luque confirmed that the operation was successful and the retirned football star is now in recovery.

“I was able to evacuate the haematoma successfully and Diego tolerated the surgery very well. “Diego is under control, he has a small drain [to remove fluid] that we are planning to take out tomorrow.

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Lionel Messi sends 'A big hug from the heart' to Argentine legend Diego Maradona
Lionel Messi: Diego Maradona displayed the 33-year-old's jersey at the stands during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista.
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“His stay at the hospital will depend on his recovery but the start of it has been great. The way he reacted after the surgery is promising.” earlier reported that Manchester City might likely relaunch a mega-money bid for want-away Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi when the January transfer window opens.

The Premier League outfit tried luring the five-time ballon d'Or winner away from the Nou Camp in the summer but they could not trigger his £625 million release clause.

However, with the Argentine's current contract with the Catalans next year, the Citizens are likely to sign him for free.

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