Diego Maradona snapped in hospital bed after successful brain surgery

Diego Maradona has left hospital after successfully undergoing brain surgery.

The legendary Argentine striker was admitted to hospital nine days ago and underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

As Maradona departed the Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires, his ambulance was swarmed by photographers and fans eager to get a glimpse of the former Napoli man.

Maradona – who was admitted to hospital a few days after celebrating his 60th birthday – is expected to begin his recovery from the removal of the subdural haematoma at a house near his eldest daughter's residence.

The former Argentina international appeared to be in good spirits before he left the hospital, with a snap of him posing for the cameras in his patient gown doing the rounds on social media.

Maradona is currently the head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima, although the footy great won't be returning to his job any time soon.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Maradona's lawyer – Matias Morla – revealed his client will be admitted to rehab in order to be treated for alcohol dependency.

"Diego is whole and wants to undergo rehabilitation and he is scheduled to leave (hospital) today," Morla told the assembled media outside the clinic where his client underwent surgery.

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"The good thing is that Diego is together, Diego is solid."

Maradona is no stranger to being hospitalised having had numerous self-induced health scares down the years.

"Diego has gone through maybe the most difficult moment of his life," Morla added.

"I think it was a miracle that they found this bleeding in his brain that could have cost him his life."

Maradona's excessive use of alcohol and recreational drugs has been well documented over the years, with the attacking midfielder testing positive for cocaine during the 1994 World Cup.

The most recent health scare for the former Barcelona man – who almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000 – came during the 2018 World Cup when he passed out following Argentina's last-gasp Group D victory over Nigeria.

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