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India: Man arrested for stealing Diego Maradona's watch

The customized wristwatch was seized and the suspect detained in the northeastern state of Assam. Maradona, regarded by some as the greatest player to ever kick a ball, died in November last year.

Watch from Diego Maradona

One side of the watch depicts the Argentinian soccer legend with arms aloft

Police in northern India have recovered a stolen watch customized for Diego Maradona and arrested a suspect behind the alleged theft, officials said Saturday.

Assam state police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said the Hublot watch, which carried the signature of the Argentinian soccer legend, was seized from the suspect's home in the district of Sivasagar, some 350 kilometers (217 miles) east of the state capital, Gauhati.

Hand of the law

Police said they detained Wazid H. and recovered the luxury Swiss-made watch after he fled to India following an alleged theft in Dubai.

The 37-year-old suspect had been working as a security guard at a Dubai-based firm where memorabilia relating to Maradona were kept, according to authorities.

The single-edition timepiece, valued at $26,500 (€23,400), has a photo of the star, with arms aloft wearing the number 10 jersey that is now indelibly, engraved on its back.

Hero

Former Napoli and Boca Juniors forward Maradona died of heart failure in November last year at the age of 60, sparking three days of national mourning in his homeland.

Maradona will forever be remembered as the man who single-handedly — quite literally when taking into account his "Hand of God" goal against England — captained Argentina to World Cup glory in Mexico in 1986.

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jsi/fb (AP, AFP)