- Football legend Diego Maradona has denied suffering a heart attack during Nigeria's 2-1 defeat to Argentina
- The former Barcelona star was said to have collapsed after Man United defender Marcus Rojo scored the winner late in the game
- He claimed to have had more than enough white wine at the VIP corner where he watched the game
Diego Maradona has denied suffering a fatal heart attack in Argentina's slim victory over Nigeria in their last Group D clash at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
The 57-year-old was sighted being treated by two paramedics after collapsing following Marcos Rojo's late winner.
Maradona confessed that he was indulged in excessive white wine during the game which triggered his situation that made him ot be falsely declared dead.
The football legend rubbished reports he had suffered a fatal heart attack in a WhatsApp recording he sent to a journalist pal and admitted: "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."
According to the Mirror, Maradona sent a voice note to fellow Argentinian Daniel Arcucci, as he was forced to deny the online death hoax claims before taking to Instagram to insist his problems were the result of “neck pain.”
He further explained in the recording he sent that: "I swear on the lives of my mum, my grandson Benjamin and my son Dieguito Fernando’s life that nothing happened."
Urging his journalist friend, who released the voice message online, to tell the world there had been no problem, he added: "At the end of the first half we went to eat. I like red wine and there was white wine."
Maradona also claimed in a tired-sounding WhatsApp voice message to partner Rocio Olivia as he touched down in Moscow: "Hello my love. No heart attack, no injection, nothing.
"I don’t know where they’re getting it from that I had heart problems or I had to be an adrenaline shot.
Diego Maradona himself took to social media to explain to tell the world that he was fine, adding that he suffered back pain during the game against Nigeria.
He further revealed that he had been advised to go home by the doctor that examined him earlier in the game, but insisted on staying until the end of the game.
"I want to tell you that I'm fine, I'm not even boarding. In the time of the party with Nigeria I had a lot of pain in the back of my head and I suffered a decompensation.
"A doctor checked me and recommended me to go home before the second time, but I wanted to stay because we were playing everything.
"How would i go? I send a kiss to everyone, sorry for the scare and thanks for the stamina, there's Diego for time!
"I just want to tell you that I'm fine, that I'm not and I wasn't hospitalized. During the time of the game with Nigeria I had a severe pain in the back of my head and a dizzy spell.
"A doctor visited me and advised me to come home before the second time, but I decided to stay because we were playing everything for everything.
"How could I leave? A kiss to everyone and thanks for the support... Diego will still be there for quite a while!
"I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, neither was I interned. 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."
A goal each from Lionel Messi and Marcus Rojo ensured the South American side maintain their dominance over the three time AFCON champions.
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