Saturday, October 19th 2013 - 15:36 UTC

Italy tax collectors formally notified Maradona of his debt: 39 million Euro

Italy’s tax collection agency says it has formally notified Diego Maradona that it will begin procedures to freeze his assets in Italy to pay off his tax debt of 39 million Euros or 53 million dollars.

Maradona is still considered an idol in Napoli which he helped win two top league titles

Equitalia confirmed news reports saying its agents had served Maradona with the notification in his Milan hotel room, and that he signed the documentation. The Argentine great was in Italy to promote a video series on his life and watch his old club Napoli play Roma.

Maradona’s Italian debts stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91, when he helped the club win its only two Serie A titles.

In previous visits to Italy, tax police have confiscated two Rolex watches and a diamond earring from Maradona.

Maradona is best remembered in the UK for scoring the controversial “Hand of God” goal in Argentina's 2-1 World Cup win over England in 1986.

His fellow Argentine Lionel Messi is another high-profile footballer to run into legal problems over tax evasion.

Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and is widely recognised as the best player in the world, owes the Spanish government £3.4m in unpaid taxes. However Messi’s father who allegedly manages the son’s assets reached an agreement with the Spanish tax revenue office.

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1 ChrisR (#) Oct 19th, 2013 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
I worked in Caserta, where the King of Naples had his Palace, for over two years two weeks there and two weeks back in the UK.

Great people, lovely friendly women but all subjugated by the Mafia. The Mafia pervades everything in Southern Italy and it is not surprising that the argie cheat and crook has been robbing the country of tax dues.

I imagine that the argies will think this is disgusting that their forebears in Italy DARE to take this money off him. He clearly didn’t grease the local Dons otherwise this would never have happened. Servers the bastard right.
2 Falkland Islands (#) Oct 19th, 2013 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
Typical Argie, want the goods but will not pay, they seem to think it's their right!
3 Escoses Doido (#) Oct 20th, 2013 - 01:52 pm Report abuse
“look everybody, - I have TWO hands of god!”
4 Musky (#) Oct 21st, 2013 - 01:45 pm Report abuse
More like the back-hander of god!

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