Diego Maradona never ceases to amaze us, and his latest exploits are equally strange. We all know that the madman has had extensive problems with drugs and his weight, and that he has faced FIFA sanctions for his clownish behavior on the touchline.
This time his troubles come in the form of a household pet, as the Albiceleste manager was bitten on the face by his own dog early Tuesday morning. One presumes that the Shar Pei was a little too excited about licking excess cocaine off the fat Argentine’s face, and when Diego refused to share the natural reaction was to bite his lip. Literally.
The 49 year-old (Maradona, not the dog) was taken to nearby Los Arcos clinic in Buenos Aires where he had emergency surgery to repair his upper lip. Reports note that he was bleeding heavily from the lip when he arrived at the clinic with his girlfriend (again, presumably different from the dog) and was immediately evaluated by plastic surgeons.
This is the same clinic where the manager was treated in 2007 for toxic hepatitis due to his drinking, although it is not clear if it is the same medical center that responded to his cocaine-induced heart problems in 2000 a few years after his retirement from international football.
Argentina national team spokesman Fernando Molina has stated that Maradona is in good spirits, and will be released from Los Arcos later today.