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Diego Maradona tests negative for coronavirus, says his lawyer

Diego Maradona took the coronavirus test after coming into close contact last Friday with Facundo Contin, a player who tested positive for the virus less than a day later.

Maradona, Footballer Maradona, Maradona hospitalised, Diago Maradona illDiego Maradona is currently the coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima. (Reuters)

Argentine legend Diego Maradona tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday after he had fears that he had contracted the virus after hugging a colleague, his lawyer confirmed.

The 59-year-old took the test after coming into close contact last Friday with Facundo Contin, a player who tested positive for the virus less than a day later.

“The test that Diego Maradona took has come back negative for Covid,” his lawyer Matias Morla said on Twitter. “Thanks to all the Argentines for their concern and best wishes. Stay safe because the virus is still out there among us.”

The 1986 World Cup-winner recently hit out at people who compared him to Buzz Lightyear for wearing an astronaut-like COVID-19 face shield during a match on Wednesday.

Maradona is currently the coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima, a first division club from the city of La Plata.

Earlier, Maradona had also asked the “Hand of God” to deliver the world from the coronavirus pandemic and allow normal life to resume.

“Today this happened to us and many people say it is a new Hand of God,” Maradona was quoted as saying while alluding to his infamous goal against England.

“But today I’m asking for that hand to end this pandemic so people can go back to living their lives, healthy and happy.”

“Hopefully it is understood that we have to face what’s coming together, for the good of football. No-one is like Rambo in this war, because even Rambo loses against this.”

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(with Reuters inputs)

First published on: 06-10-2020 at 00:12 IST
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