An appeals court ruled Wednesday that Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona is able to pursue a lawsuit against his ex-wife contesting that she misused some of his money while they were married to buy real estate in South Florida.
The lawsuit, which was filed in 2015 in Miami-Dade County, contends that Maradona’s ex-wife Claudia Villafane “misappropriated some of his money and used it to purchase six condominium units in South Florida” while they were married between 1989 and 2003.
Villafane wanted the complaint dismissed on the argument that the case should be heard in Argentina because, she contended, “any misappropriation would have occurred in Argentina” and all witnesses familiar with their finances and divorce were in Argentina, according to the court summary.
Judges in the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeal disagreed, saying that lower court correctly refused to dismiss the lawsuit. The case will now return to the lower courts.
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Maradona, 57, played for the Argentine national team from 1997-1994 and made four World Cup appearances. He led Argentina to the World Cup Championship in 1986 and earned the tournament’s Golden Ball by unanimous vote after scoring or assisting on 10 of Argentina’s 14 goals.