Diego Maradona’s Death May Trigger Family Inheritance Battle
Diego Maradona’s tormented private life, with its tangled relationships suggests distributing his inheritance will be a complex task for lawyers bracing for claims from a slew of children those he recognized and those he didn’t.
“There is going to be a big fight. He didn’t leave behind a will,” claims a source close to the family who declined to be named.
Maradona made and wasted millions over his years at the top of his fame with Barcelona, Napoli and Argentina, and he also made some shrewd investments.
Some reports circulating since his death estimate his estate at around $90 million. Angered over a dispute with his daughter Giannina last year, he threatened to donate all his wealth, including properties, luxury cars and sponsorship contracts, to charity.
“I know that now, as you get older, people are more concerned about what you leave behind than what you are doing,” Maradona was quoted as saying at the time. “And I tell them all that I’m not going to leave them anything, that I’m going to give it all away. Everything I’ve got in my life I’m going to give away,” Maradona said.
Under Argentine law, however, a person can only give away a fifth of their assets. At least two-thirds must be left to the spouse or offspring of the deceased. Giannina, 31, had sparked the row by accusing the former star’s entourage of not taking good care of him.