Dirty Tackle

Maradona wants massive Italian tax bill excused so he can be Napoli’s manager

Dirty Tackle

Maradona asks Jose Mourinho to loan him €10 million or so. (Getty)

Maradona owes the Italian authorities roughly €40 million for unpaid taxes (with interest that reportedly adds €3,000 a day) stemming from his time playing for Napoli over 20 years ago. This has made travel in Italy difficult for him as the taxman has been waiting on his few visits back to the country, resulting in the confiscation of two Rolex watches and a diamond earring (which was sold at auction to Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli). But Napoli remains a special place for the out of work legend and he would like to return to the club as soon as Italy decides to wipe away his ginormous tax problem.

From Football Italia:

“Returning to Napoli is my dream, even more so than for the fans. However, it’s difficult for me to enter Europe at the moment, as I have an issue with the tax office.

“I hope one day someone will say that Maradona can return to Naples without having to worry.”

It seems unlikely that a country with as many economic troubles as Italy would tell someone not to worry about the €40 million they owe them. So if Maradona is ever told that, he should probably just assume that it's a trap and no amount of talking about himself in the third person will help.

View Comments (29)
  • US women will host Switzerland twice in October

    The U.S. women's national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah. The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • TFC coach Vanney optimistic of quick recovery for star forward Giovinco

    Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney says his team can benefit from what he hopes is a brief spell without Sebastian Giovinco. The star striker suffered quadriceps and adductor strains in Toronto's 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to Montreal on Saturday, and … More »

    The Canadian Press - 19 minutes ago
  • Hull in double swoop for Mason and Keane

    Hull in double swoop for Mason and Keane

    Hull City made a double swoop for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason and Manchester United striker Will Keane on Tuesday. No financial details were disclosed but the Premier League club said they had broken their previous record fee of 10 … More »

    Reuters - 23 minutes ago
  • Angry Botev fans force new coach to quit after two hours

    By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - Botev Plovdiv fans unhappy at Nikolay Mitov's appointment as coach interrupted a training session on Tuesday and forced him to quit only two hours after taking charge of the Bulgarian club. Botev, the oldest … More »

    Reuters - 40 minutes ago
  • Kodjia joins Villa in deal that may set second tier record

    Kodjia joins Villa in deal that may set second tier record

    Aston Villa have bought striker Jonathan Kodjia from second tier rivals Bristol City for 11 million pounds ($14.39 million) in a deal that could rise to 15 million, a record for a Championship club. The signing of the Ivory Coast international … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 6 minutes ago