Legendary Argentine footballer says money went missing from bank accounts; Claudia Villafane has support of daughters Dalma, Gianinna
Buenos Aires: Football legend Diego Maradona will go to court next week to face ex-wife Claudia Villafane who he claims is responsible for the disappearance of USD 6 million from his fortune.
Claudia Villafane, Diego Maradona and Dalma
The former Argentina captain believes the money went missing from national and international bank accounts, the Diario Popular newspaper claimed. The report said that a mediation hearing will be heard on Tuesday in the presence of his former wife and their two daughters, Dalma and Gianinna.
In the public row, which has split the family, Dalma Maradona defended her mother in an interview with radio station, La Once Diez. "I am the first to say that my mother is the world's most honest person. I swear by that," she said. The 28-year-old hoped that the matter can be settled out of court. "For the press, it's a party; for us it is painful."
These are troubled times for the footballing genius. Last month, he lost his father (aged 87) Don Diego through respiratory problems. It was reported that Don Diego stood by his son through thick and thin. Maradona's drug and alcohol problems have been well documented.
Maradona was with his father during the last days of his life, something which he was hell bent on doing after not having been there before his mother Dona Tota passed away in 2011.
In February 2013, Maradona became a father for the fifth time at the age of 52 after his former lover Veronica Ojeda gave birth to a baby boy (Diego Fernando). Maradona has a son and daughter from extra-marital affairs.