DIEGO MARADONA collapsed after a meltdown at Argentina’s World Cup clash with Nigeria and fans feared he’d had a heart attack.

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DIEGO MARADONA collapsed after a meltdown at Argentina’s World Cup clash with Nigeria and fans feared he’d had a heart attack.

The 57-year-old icon had gone crazy as he saw his beloved Argentina rescue their place in the tournament with a dramatic winner four minutes from time.

 Medics treat Diego Maradona straight after the Argentina win over Nigeria after he fell ill at the end of the game

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Medics treat Diego Maradona straight after the Argentina win over Nigeria after he fell ill at the end of the game
 Diego Maradona is helped to the stands barely able to walk after Argentina beat Nigeria

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Diego Maradona is helped to the stands barely able to walk after Argentina beat Nigeria
 Maradona was close to collapse and was unable to stand on his own as friends rushed to help him

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Maradona was close to collapse and was unable to stand on his own as friends rushed to help him

Maradona, who has battled cocaine addiction and wild mood swings, was caught on TV lunging forwards from his executive box seat and giving opposing fans below “the finger” with both hands.

But moments after his nation’s thrilling 2-1 win over Nigeria, he was seen hunched over and had to be held up by a pal as he was led to the executive suite area.

Anxious medical staff at St Petersburg’s 64,000-seat Zenit Arena were seen checking his pulse and attempting to calm him soon after.

Maradona, famed for his cheating “Hand of God” goal in a World Cup win over England in 1986, was understood to have been taken to hospital in the city for precautionary checks.

Diego Maradona swears at the Nigeria fans as Marcos Rojo grabs winner for Argentina at World Cup 2018
 Maradona played up to the crowd in St Petersburg throughout the match

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Maradona played up to the crowd in St Petersburg throughout the match
 Maradona made a bizarre Dracula-style goal celebration after Lionel Messi had opened the scoring

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Maradona made a bizarre Dracula-style goal celebration after Lionel Messi had opened the scoring

A preliminary diagnosis later confirmed he had high blood pressure and a heart murmur, according to reports.

Sources later suggested he recovered and boarded a private jet to fly to Moscow last night.

Pictures of him looking well and smiling were posted to Twitter.

Fans had videoed him leaning against a barrier appearing unsteady on his feet at the match.

His woozy appearance sparked one social media joker to comment: “He’s just tired after visiting many museums in St Petersburg.”

He then appeared to close his eyes and doze off during sections of the game before sparking into life as Argentina fought their way back into the game.

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