What was Diego Maradona’s net worth? Argentinian football legend's fortune diminished by legal troubles
The 60-year-old sportsman died due to cardiac arrest weeks after being released from hospital
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona died on November 25 at the age of 60 due to cardiac arrest. He died just two weeks after getting discharged from the hospital after getting medical assistance for a blood clot in his brain. Maradona was one of one of the greatest footballers of all time, and helped his country win the 1986 world cup.
Apart from playing for the South Merican country, the late legend had associations with Boca Juniors, Napoli, Argentinos Juniors, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys, and Barcelona. For them, he had played club football while receiving admiration around the globe for his talent. He achieved success at club level, most notably with Napoli, whom he led to their first Serie A title in 1987. A second followed in 1990, alongside an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.
However, Maradona’s career was not only about praise and admiration as he faced a good share of controversy because of drug and alcohol addiction. As soon as news of his death broke, tributes started pouring in from across the world. Former English footballer Gary Lineker said, “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God."
What was Maradona’s net worth?
According to Express.co.uk, the football legend’s net worth at the time of his death was $100,000 (£75,000). Despite having a career that spanned two decades, scoring 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina and representing them in four World Cups, Maradona was left with a small wealth reportedly because of numerous legal troubles.
Despite being paid in millions in his playing days, an extravagant lifestyle and tax problems made sure that his fortune didn't amount to much at the time of his death. According to reports, Maradona racked up debts of $44 million in unpaid taxes while he played at Napoli from 1984 to 1991.
He was believed to be one of the most controversial sportspersons ever. Maradona faced suspension for almost a year and a half in 1991 after failing in a drug test for using cocaine while in Italy. Four years later, he was banned from playing in the 1994 World Cup after being tested positive for ephedrine. Besides, in 2018 again, he was scrutinized for his bizarre behavior during Argentina's match against Nigeria.