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Maradona Finally Cleared Of Tax Evasion

Diego Maradona can finally return to Italy without fear of arrest, after his 30-year battle with the tax man there came to an end.

Maradona, who captained Serie A side Napoli during the most glorious era of their history in the 1980s, has been cleared of failing to pay a $54.30 million tax bill, which had been accumulating since he first signed for Napoli in 1984.

Maradona is revered in Naples for his exploits for Napoli when he was at the peak of his powers.

To this day he remains their all-time top scorer, and he was mobbed by fans upon his return to the  city in 2006.

However, on that trip Maradona was stripped of of two Rolex watches worth 10,000 euros each by the Italian police, and he has never returned for fear that he could be arrested.

But now that he has been cleared of tax evasion, Maradona is set for a hero’s return to Naples in the near future.

"There is a sentence from the central commission... that confirms the annulment of the fiscal scrutiny against Maradona," the Argentine legend’s lawyer Angelo Pisani told Italian television.

"Diego Maradona can return to Italy a free man. He is free from every debt because he was never a tax evader.

“He said he will return to Naples to say hello to the city, the Neapolitans and hopefully the football too."

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