ROME - Italian financial authorities are set to auction off a pair of earrings worn by Maradona as they continue to pursue the Argentina football legend over massive tax debts.
Maradona's diamond-studded gold earrings were seized by Italy's police during his visit to a specialist weight-loss clinic in Merano in September last year.
Valued at ß4000(about R42000) the sale of the earrings is to make a huge dent in his ß36million (about R380m tax bill which according to an Italian taxpayer's association, www.contribuenti.it, accrued ß22,4million (about R23mn) in interest.
But the fact that they are for sale signifies that Maradona is given no quarter in Italy, where he played a pivotal role in the success of Napoli during his spell at the club from 1986-1991.
It was during his playing days there that Maradona failed to pay on his earnings. In 2005 a high court ruled that he owed ß36million in total. - AFP