Maradona's Golden Ball trophy melted down into gold bars, claims mafia boss
Published 09:10 13/04/11 By Alun Palmer
A mafia don has told how footballer Diego Maradona’s 1986 Golden Ball trophy was melted down into gold bars.
The Argentine striker was presented with the award at the Mexico World Cup, during which he robbed England of a semi-final place with his Hand of God goal.
The trophy is believed to have gone missing when the troubled former Napoli star allowed it to go on tour in a travelling football museum.
Now captured mafia boss Salvatore Lo Russo, of the Camorra crime clan, has told prosecutors how he tried to help him recover the award.
He said: “I tried to get back his World Cup Golden Ball from the clan who had taken it but it was not possible. It had been melted.
“I did give him back four watches that were stolen... but one of them was not his so he gave it back to me.”
Lo Russo, who faces drug trafficking charges, also said he sold cocaine to Maradona while he was at Napoli.