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‘For the tranquility of Diego and his family’: At-risk Argentina legend Maradona tested for Covid-19 after positive contact

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‘At risk’ Maradona in lockdown at Argentina base but offers to take pay cut due to coronavirus chaos, says Gimnasia boss

In a statement, Gimnasia said Contin was tested last Thursday after developing symptoms and the results came back positive the following day. However, he is said to be in “good health” and is in isolation while his recovery is monitored.

Contin’s teammate Eric Ramirez is also in isolation after sharing a car with him to the stadium on Wednesday.

In August, Maradona was advised to stay away from Gimnasia training for three weeks by club doctor Pablo Del Compare, as he is considered to be especially at-risk due to his age, weight, high blood pressure and having recently undergone an operation.

The 59-year-old underwent surgery in January last year after suffering internal bleeding caused by a hernia.

He has also had numerous health issues over the years brought on by substance and alcohol abuse, including two gastric bypass operations and a stint in hospital with severe heart and respiratory problems.

It’s clear from the protective face shield he and his seven-year-old son Diego Fernando wore during the San Lorenzo friendly that the Argentina legend is taking the coronavirus seriously.

The somewhat unusual mask led to mocking on social media as Twitter users drew comparisons between the manager and Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear.

Maradona reacted angrily to the jokes and hit out at those who made fun of him on Instagram.

“Today I left my house with this mask, which my doctor recommended,” he said.

“It is the same one being used by some doctors. I did it out of duty and respect for those who have died from COVID-19. And I was met with some mockery from adults, from boys and from some journalists.

“Those journalists who criticize you when you don’t take care of yourself. And when you take care of yourself, too. Those who laugh at people like me, but when they give the death toll, they are scandalized. 

“It would be good for them to understand that they cannot sell themselves at all costs, without respect for anything or anyone. Agree on it, guys.”

Maradona, who is considered among the greatest players of all time alongside the likes of compatriot Lionel Messi, Brazil legend Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo, played a key role in Argentina winning the FIFA World Cup in 1986.

He was handed a 12-month extension to his deal at Gimnasia in June.

The club were 19th out of 24 teams in Argentina’s Primera Division when it was shut down in April in response to the pandemic, with relegation suspended for two years.

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