Diego Maradona report dismissed as a fake

Written by Staff Writer Diego Maradona’s one of the most remarkable stories in world football, captivating audiences with his physical talent and dynamism, but also his boozing and partying. First for life bans from…

Diego Maradona report dismissed as a fake

Written by Staff Writer

Diego Maradona’s one of the most remarkable stories in world football, captivating audiences with his physical talent and dynamism, but also his boozing and partying.

First for life bans from his beloved Argentina, then to jail in Spain, where he joined after his career as an Argentinean player ended in 1995. And then to a tax fraud charge in the UK, where he was born but became a citizen after moving to England.

Each time the former goalkeeper and striker has been dropped by the global press and fans. His lavish lifestyle has played its part, but so too have his notorious temperaments.

This summer, the Argentine was widely reported to have lost millions of pounds worth of jewellery in a heist in Dubai.

On Thursday, an Indonesian television station reported that Maradona had picked up a US$1.4 million 5-carat diamond wristwatch that had previously been sold by a Dubai luxury watch retailer, as well as several other luxury items in the robbery.

Shortly after the start of the news broadcast on Indonesian TV, however, the Italian watch dealer, Dino Volani, a Maradona friend, told Reuters that Maradona had recently reclaimed all of the items.

Sisung-Antoni Baswedan, political director of the ruling Democratic Party of Indonesia, confirmed to CNN affiliate Antara that the island had recovered Maradona’s items.

Security officer Guatja and his wife Vanni reported the theft to the police on October 5 in the city of Batam, in the east of Indonesia.

An employee at a luxury watch store there said the theft had taken place on October 1, when a robber broke into a locked safe and stole watches of different prices.

Witnesses told CNN that the thief wore gloves and covered his face with a balaclava, and that he made several trips to the store before getting away.

It wasn’t clear if the robbery was the result of an inside job at the store, or the work of an outsider.

The thief made off with the watch and nine others. They were part of a collection of prized possessions estimated to be worth around $1.4 million.

After the news broadcast was broadcast in Indonesia on Thursday, Volani posted on his Facebook page that some of the watches were on their way to Singapore, to be on their way again in time for the papal visit.

The onetime bomb-thrower and part-time footballer, also had a reputation for generosity and has previously donned his suits for charity. He is currently in Davao City in the southern Philippines.

The former captain of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team, who won the domestic title four times and the Copa Libertadores tournament three times in his 13-year stint with Boca Juniors, was featured in the PBS documentary “Last Goal: Diego Maradona.”

His career ended badly after he was substituted in a World Cup match against England at the 1986 tournament in Mexico. He was a peripheral figure for the rest of his playing career.

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