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Diego Maradona, Boris Becker, Olga Korbut… The bad finances of the former glory of sport

2021, the house of Diego Maradona

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona on January 9, 2017 in Zurich.

Despite his prestigious football career, the “Pibe de Oro” (“golden kid”), playing master of Argentina, who died on November 25, 2020, was no longer running on gold. The Argentine justice has just decided to auction the last signs of wealth of the former player of FC Barcelona and Naples, in order to pay off his debts. Among the items on sale, a letter signed Fidel Castro – the player had gone to Cuba to treat his addictions -, a house in Buenos Aires offered to his parents, and two BMWs. The online auctions are scheduled for December 19.

2019, Boris Becker’s trophies

Former German tennis player Boris Becker on August 28, 2020 in Dusseldorf.

We may have been one of the very best tennis players, winner of six Grand Slam tournaments, have collected more than 20 million euros and have suffered financial setbacks. Pursued by the tax services of Switzerland, Spain and Germany, Boris “Boom-Boom” Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017. Two years later, reluctantly, the German auctioned off 82 objects, including trophies , snowshoes and watches – 765,000 euros were raised. But the champion’s slate still stands at more than 50 million euros.

2017, Olga Korbut’s medals

Former Russian gymnast Olga Korbut.

With six Olympic medals – four gold and two silver – won at the Munich and Montreal Games in 1972 and 1976, the ex-Soviet has one of the finest achievements in the history of gymnastics. . However, Olga Korbut, exiled in the United States in the early 1990s, sold, in 2017, her five medals – one had been stolen from her – leotards and other personal effects for 333,000 dollars. “Medals save Korbut from hunger”, headlines Russian online newspaper Gazeta. Denial of the “Minsk sparrow”, for whom this sale was not “Not a question of money”.

2014, David James’ chainsaw

The goalkeeper David James, in the jersey of Portsmouth, his last club, on April 22, 2009, in Manchester.

Nicknames are sometimes misleading. Englishman David James, alias “Calamity James”, a reference to his famous few blunders, was above all an excellent goalkeeper. His 53 caps for the England football team and the imprint left on Liverpool FC or Manchester City attest to this. Yes but here it is, in terms of finances, David James is indeed a calamity. As he finished his career in India, in 2014, he was declared bankrupt. Many of his personal items are sold: dozens of jerseys, 1,800 vinyl records, a customized car, as well as a chainsaw and mugs.

2012, the gloves of Evander Holyfield

American boxer Evander Holyfield, examined by a doctor after being bitten in the ear by his opponent, Mike Tyson, on June 28, 1997, in Las Vegas.

How do you run out of money when you’ve won over $ 200 million? American boxer Evander Holyfield started businesses that all failed. He spent millions in a 109-room villa with a swimming pool and multiplied divorces (he had six wives and 11 children). At the end of 2012, several of his possessions were put up for auction, including the gloves from his famous fight against Mike Tyson in 1997, in which Tyson bit him and tore off a piece of his ear. At the beginning of 2014, his villa was also sold at auction. Rapper Rick Ross acquires it for more than $ 8 million.

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