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Argentine Soccer Star Maradona Leaves Cuban Rehab Center


An Argentine diplomat says soccer (football) legend Diego Maradona has been released from a Cuban mental health facility where he was being treated for drug addiction, and moved back to a private health spa.

Argentina's outgoing ambassador to Cuba, Raul Taleb, told reporters Friday, the soccer star checked himself into an upscale spa in Havana. Ambassador Taleb says the 44-year-old Maradona recently returned to Cuba after a brief trip to Greece.

Maradona originally went to the Cuban rehabilitation facility in 2000 to be treated for cocaine addiction. After returning to Argentina, a relapse last year sent him to a Buenos Aires intensive care unit. He was then readmitted to the Cuban rehab facility in September.

Maradona led Argentina to a World Cup Championship in 1986. He retired in 1997.

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