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Soccer legend Maradona in intensive care
Updated: 2004-04-19 09:32

Argentina soccer great Diego Maradona has been taken into intensive care at a Buenos Aires clinic, local radio and television reports say.

Radio station Rivadavia said Maradona, who has long been in therapy to battle a drug addiction that has left him a bloated shadow of his former self, was taken into intensive care because of an irregular heartbeat.

Maradona, who was in the posh Suizo-Argentina clinic in Buenos Aires, had earlier attended a soccer game at his former club Boca Juniors' stadium in the Argentine capital.

The clinic declined to comment on the reports.

Maradona, now 43, is regarded as one of the finest players to have graced the game, leading Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986.

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