Diego Maradona has admitted his pain in hospital is being eased by the joy of watching Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentinian legend saw Manchester United star Ronaldo in action from his sick bed as the Reds destroyed Watford 4-1 in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Maradona told personal physician Alfredo Cahe he was ‘enchanted’ by Ronaldo and called him a ‘phenomenon’.

Maradona, 46, was rushed to the Los Arcos clinic in Buenos Aires last Friday suffering from abdominal pains. He was diagnosed as having a relapse of hepatitis.

The World Cup winner was desperate to watch his former side Boca Juniors take on River Plate but doctors would not let him out for the match.

So Maradona had a 42-inch plasma TV installed in his room and insisted his sedatives be lowered so he would not fall asleep during the game.

He continued watching when United’s clash with Watford followed the Boca Juniors match.

Ronaldo scored one and combined with Wayne Rooney to take Watford apart.

It was while watching one of Ronaldo’s runs and passes that he told Cahe ‘he is a phenomenon’ adding he was ‘enchanted’ by the Portuguese star’s play.


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