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Maradona's ex-wife denounces him for fraud

Updated: 2015-07-22 10:00

Maradona's ex-wife denounces him for fraud

Former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona waves from a balcony next to his daughter Jana as they attend the Argentine First Division soccer match between Boca Juniors and Quilmes at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires July 18, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

BUENOS AIRES - Claudia Villafane, the ex-wife of Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona, denounced him for fraud Tuesday in an Argentinean court.

Villafane, 52, appeared in front of a Buenos Aires court with her daughter, Giannina, to accuse Maradona of having embezzled almost $6 million that went missing from his bank accounts.

Maradona, 54, was not present during proceedings but sent a message via a television program, saying that he wanted his money back.

"All I want is my money. I did not denounce anybody when I was robbed and I will not do so now. All I want is my money. I will not put forward any names as I have never done that. However, if they do not give me back my money, they will be sorry," he affirmed.

The 1986 World Cup winner also advised Gianinna and Dalma, his two daughters with Villafane, and Jana, his daughter from an extra-marital affair, that they should "remain calm".

The scandal between Maradona and his ex-wife, to whom he was married from 1998 and 2003, broke out when the star revealed almost $6 million were missing from his accounts.

According to Infobae, an investigation last year revealed that Villafane owns three apartments in an exclusive Miami tower worth $2 million each and has $3 million stashed in a bank in Uruguay, which had not been declared to authorities.

However, Villafane's lawyer, Fernando Burlando, called a press conference in which he maintained his client's innocence.

"If there was any tax evasion, the responsibility lies with the one who was paying that tax, which was not Claudia Villafane. The judicial system will give Maradona a major setback," he stated.

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