One of the greatest, if not the greatest, players to ever play the game is in big trouble in Italy.
Argentine legend and former World Player of the Year Diego Maradona is having defamation charges sought against him after allegedly defaming the former head of Italy’s tax collection agency.
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In a hearing in Italy on Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that “Maradona claimed to be a victim of persecution by Equitalia, citing false documentation and irregular procedures.” His lawyer has tried to argue that Maradona was “legitimately” defending himself with his claims.
During his time in Italy playing for Napoli — 1984-91 where he won the Scuddeto on two occasions in ’87 and ’90 — Maradona had reportedly racked up a $46 million tax debt.
In 2013 he was told by Equitalia, the Italian Inland Revenue, that his assets in Italy were being frozen to try and pay off the debt.
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Throughout winning the World Cup with Argentina, coaching La Albiceleste at the World Cup finals and playing for some of the greatest teams in the world, Maradona’s professional and private life have been riddled with problems for decades. From being banned from the 1994 World Cup for taking a banned substance to drug addiction, plus serious health issues and close links with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and everything else in-between, one thing is for sure…
There’s never a dull moment in the life of Diego Armando Maradona. As for his latest run in with the law, decision on whether or not he will face a trail on the defamation charge is expected in March.