MEXICO CITY, March 20 (Reuters) -
A portly Diego Maradona kept a 40,000 crowd waiting for 45 minutes before making a brief return to action in a farewell match for former Mexico striker Carlos Hermosillo.
Maradona, 41, survived 38 minutes of the match between Mexican first division side Cruz Azul and a team called Friends of Hermosillo.
Organisers said the game began late as they had to wait for Maradona, who arrived at the stadium by helicopter after first going to hospital for a medical check-up.
They also said that Maradona, who last played in his own testimonial game in Buenos Aires last November, ate a pizza before the match. Oinker
Former Germany international Jurgen Klinsmann also played for Hermosillo's team in the 5-5 draw.
Hermosillo scored a record-breaking 302 goals in the Mexican first division but was controversially snubbed by successive national team coaches and made only a handful of appearances for his country.