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‘Health problem’ forces Maradona to miss Russia 2018 Final Draw assistants unveiling

Thursday - 30/11/2017 11:36
Argentina football legend Diego Maradona has missed the unveiling of the assistants for the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Moscow, reportedly due to a “heart problem.”
Maradona, who captained Argentina to victory at the 1986 Mexico World Cup tournament, is one of eight 'FIFA Legends' assisting the draw at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday, and was due to be unveiled at the venue on Thursday.

However, it is understood that an early arrival to Moscow, coupled with health concerns over his heart, forced the 57-year-old to miss the official unveiling.

Maradona suffered a heart attack in 2004 that left him in intensive care and has been known for his substance abuse and a poor diet, both during and after his playing days.

The former Napoli and Barcelona number 10 is an icon of football not only in his native Argentina but around the world, and reached another World Cup final with Argentina in 1990. However, he failed a drugs test at  USA '94 and was sent home from the tournament.

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