Maradona’s coronavirus test is negative, his lawyer says

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Buenos Aires  – Former Argentine football player Diego Maradona tested negative for -19 on , his lawyer said on .

His announcement helped to allay fears the Argentina football legend had contacted the virus after hugging a colleague who was later found to have tested positive.

The man who led Argentina to the in 1986 took the test after coming into close contact last Friday Facundo Contin.

Contin is a player who tested positive for the virus less than a day later.

The test that Diego Maradona took has come back negative for -19,” his lawyer Matias Morla said on Twitter.

“Thanks to all the Argentines for concern and best wishes. Stay safe because the virus is out there among us.”

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

The 59-year old has suffered a string health issues in recent years and remains overweight.

Argentina has the world’ highest rate of positive -19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker World In Data, nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection.

is a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of rules.