Argentine football legend Diego Maradona left hospital on Wednesday , eight days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain .
Maradona left the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires by ambulance shortly after his doctor Leopoldo Luque told reporters he could go home.
Luque had earlier published on Instagram a photo of himself hugging the 60 – year- old , who wore a bandage on his head .
Maradona is expected to continue his rehabilitation in Tigre, 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Buenos Aires, near his daughter Giannina ’ s home .
“ Diego has gone through perhaps the hardest time of his life , ” his lawyer Matias Morla said earlier Wednesday , adding it was a “ miracle ” that the clot “ which could have taken his life , was detected . ”
“ What is needed now is family togetherness and being surrounded by health professionals ,” said Morla . “ With the doctors and his family , Diego will be as he should be : happy .”
The World Cup – winning former Argentine captain underwent surgery last Tuesday to remove a clot lodged between his brain and skull.