A surgeon has called for Diego Maradona to go under the knife to ease the discomfort in his knees, with the Argentine legend having no cartilage left in that area of his body.
The Napoli icon is struggling with severe osteoarthritis, and a video has captured him walking with great difficulty due to the pain he is in.
And his surgeon German Ochoa has now revealed that the legendary former striker must make a decision on whether he wants to undergo surgery to ease the discomfort.
"I know Diego going back to 2004 when I operated on his right knee, 27 days after he said goodbye to football at the Bombonera," Ochoa told TYC Sports .
"Then in June before the World Cup we did a basic treatment so that he could carry out his activities in Russia in the best way possible.
"Maradona has severe osteoarthritis in his two knees and has no cartilage left, the bones rub together and it is a serious problem as it causes a lot of pain, inflammation and difficulty to move.
"The solution is to operate and put in prostheses.
"It would not get to the point that Diego could not walk, it would not get that bad. Advances in technology offer a solution and the most prudent and intelligent option is to operate."
Maradona is the current manager of Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa , with the video above showing the difficulty he had in walking during a recent training session with the club.
Earlier in 2018 he had been announced as the new chairman of Belarusian side Dynamo Brest, in which he made a somewhat elaborate entrance on board a huge-wheeled hummer, but, given the 57-year-old's new position as Dorados coach, it would appear he is no longer in that role.
In his first game in charge of Dorados back in September, his side claimed a 4-1 win over rival second-division side Cafetaleros, with the Sinaloa club having gone on to claim two more wins and suffer two defeats since then.
Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, and is regarded by many as the greatest footballer who ever lived.
There were concerns over his health and conduct at the World Cup in Russia over the summer, however, where he was seen giving middle-finger salutes during Argentina's victory over Nigeria .