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Maradona Assets To Be Frozen Over £33m Debt
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona has been informed by Italian tax officials that his assets will be frozen to help repay £33m of debt.
Equitalia, Italy's tax collection agency, served Maradona the legal papers while he was staying at a hotel in Milan.
He reportedly signed the documents without incident.
Maradona's debt stems from his time at Italian club Napoli when he guided the team to its only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.
He is best remembered in the UK for scoring the controversial "Hand of God" goal in Argentina's 2-1 World Cup win over England in 1986.
Previously Maradona has refused to pay the debt, claiming it was the club's responsibility.
Italian officials have used a variety of unconventional tactics to get the money back.
These have included seizing Rolex watches at public events and confiscating expensive earrings while he attended a weight loss clinic.
His fellow Argentine Lionel Messi is another high-profile footballer to run into legal problems over tax evasion.
Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and is widely recognised as the best player in the world, owes the Spanish government £3.4m in unpaid taxes.