Indian police recovers Maradona's stolen watch

Assam state police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said the luxury Hublot watch signed by Maradona was recovered from a man's possession after he was arrested from his home in the district of Sivasagar

In this photo provided by the Assam Police, the luxury Hublot watch is seen in district Sivasagar of Assam state.   -  AP

Police in India's northeastern state of Assam on Saturday said it has recovered a stolen watch that once belonged to the Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

Assam state police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said the luxury Hublot watch signed by Maradona was recovered from a man's possession after he was arrested from his home in the district of Sivasagar, 350 kilometres (217 miles) east of Guwahati, the state capital.

Police said the man was working as a security guard at a company in Dubai that stores the belongings of the legendary Argentinian athlete. It said the man stole the watch last week and returned to India a few days ago.

“A costly Hublot watch... Maradona... Dubai... Assam Police. Looks like random words, don’t they? But today all these words came together nicely, stating a story of successful International Cooperation between #DubaiPolice and @assampolice,” police chief Mahanta tweeted.

The state's top elected official, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said authorities will initiate legal action against the man.

Maradona, 60, died last year of a heart attack following a brain operation. He led Argentina to a 1986 World Cup victory and is considered one of the greatest players ever.

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