Lionel Messi sends get-well-soon message to Diego Maradona after Argentina legend undergoes brain surgery
LIONEL MESSI has sent a get-well-soon message to Diego Maradona after the Argentina legend underwent brain surgery.
Messi, 33, shared the message on social media and wished Maradona a speedy recovery.
He wrote on his Instagram: "Diego , all the strength in the world . My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible . A hug from the heart!"
Messi has often been compared to Maradona, but he recently played down any similarites between the two saying that the icon was the 'best ever.'
He said: "Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona.
"Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been."
The pair built upon their relationship when Maradona coached Messi and the Argentinian team during the World Cup in 2010.
Maradona, 60, was admitted to the Ipensa hospital in La Plata, Argentina on Monday after suffering from anaemia and dehydration.
He was then taken to the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aries where he underwent brain surgery.
His neurosurgeon and personal physician Leopoldo Luque has since announced that the surgery had been a success, and that Maradona is now resting in hospital.
He said: "Diego tolerated the surgery excellently and he’s doing very well.
“We’ve left a small tube in to facilitate drainage which will be removed today.
“Him coming round after the surgery was a very big step. The haematoma has been evacuated very well and his brain beat is recovering.
“His evolution now has to be monitored day by day. The beginning has been very good for an operation which is not of high-complexity, but is nevertheless brain surgery.”
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