Argentina legend Diego Maradona has claimed that he was shocked by the attention he received for his World Cup health scare after the South American side’s 2-1 win over Nigeria.

Maradona was in the stands when the Albiceleste progressed to the World Cup knockout stages and was pictured making rude gestures while celebrating the second goal.

The former Napoli and Barcelona playmaker, who was pictured sleeping in the stand, ignored advice from a doctor to go home at half-time.

After the game, the 57-year-old was caught on camera being in intensive care and was treated by a doctor for a sudden drop in blood pressure.

But the former Argentina captain, who won the 1986 World Cup, has now insisted that he is more alive than ever.

“I want to let the whole world know that I’m more alive than ever,” Maradona told Telesur.

“Unfortunately I can’t make mediocre people good. There has been talk of stretchers, ambulances on the internet which triggered a cycle of meaningless lies.”

“I understand the envy, but don’t tell lies.”

Maradona, who scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for his national team, has been Argentina manager in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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