3 Feb 2013

Maradona free to return to Italy

12:40 pm on 3 February 2013

Football great Diego Maradona has won a 30-year battle over tax evasion charges in Italy and will soon return to Naples, the scene of some of his greatest sporting triumphs.

Lawyer Angelo Pisani says his client was cleared of a tax bill of almost $65 million, of which $58 million was interest built up since 1984, when Maradona joined Serie A club Napoli.

Considered among the greatest football players ever, Maradona is still Napoli's all-time top scorer and is considered a hero for leading the club to the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990.

He also led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup and captained the team in the 1990 tournament, when they lost to West Germany in the final in Italy.

When Maradona visited Naples in 2006, he was mobbed by supporters but financial police stripped him of two Rolex watches worth $15,000 each to help pay off the bill.