Kiwi football legend Wynton Rufer came out of a coma on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack on Sunday in Auckland.
A source told 1 NEWS that the 56-year-old was travelling on a lime scooter after the Breakers' basketball game against the Perth Wildcats at Spark Arena, when he suddenly suffered a heart attack on a side street.
The All Whites great confirmed to 1 NEWS that he had "a mild heart attack" and "will have a full recovery after six weeks".
Rufer was travelling with his friend Florian Wellmann after the basketball game. Wellmann told German news website Kreiszeitung Syke that he screamed for help.
Wellmann said an elderly woman stopped and called emergency services with her mobile phone, while two other men pulled over in their car to help.
"One of them (men) pushed me away and immediately started resuscitation on Wynton," Wellmann told Kreiszeitung Syke.
"I was totally in shock, paralysed. And the man did that because he completed a life-saving course three weeks ago."
Rufer launched onto the international football scene after helping the All Whites qualify for the 1982 World Cup.
He then went on to have a successful career with German side Werder Bremen after signing for them in 1989.