The story of Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia: a high-profile 30-year relationship that ended in a case for alleged sexual abuse

Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia
Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia

It was 4:30 in the morning and (since) I didn’t want to have sex with my husband, he grabbed me and hit me. Afterwards, he slept with me”.

In November 2019, Mariana Nannis denounced her ex-husband, Claudio Paul Caniggia by sexual abuse, aggravated injuries and abortion without consent. “I already cried for 30 years because they shit me with sticks. And I’m not going to cry anymore.”, he had previously said in an Argentine television program where he wanted to break the silence and talk seriously about their relationship, after three decades of marriage. A bond so extensive that it began when they were barely twenty years old and from which Axel and the twins Charlotte and Alexander were born. But the couple divorced and the cross accusations began.

This Tuesday, Justice charged Caniggia and he was summoned for questioning and must be presented via Zoom on March 22. It is because of the complaint of sexual abuse that the mother of her children had made, who in her statement assured that it was a “conflictive relationship almost from the beginning of the bond.” In the psychological expertise to which Nannis underwent at the time, she described the former footballer as a “manipulator, psychopath, cocaine addict, sick and violent”.

One of the photos that Mariana Nannis took: there, it shows the bruises on her leg
One of the photos that Mariana Nannis took: there, it shows the bruises on her leg

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The scandal between Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia was made public in August 2019 when she arrived in the country and in Ezeiza -minutes after landing- she said in front of the television cameras that they were not separated or in crisis: it is that he had shown with Sofia Bonelliwho is your current partner.

“I am not separated from my husband, nor did I get divorced or anything. He he is with a prostitute and drug addict who has him drugged all day”, He assured at that time and unleashed a judicial war that ended with the dissolution of the marriage and strong cross accusations. For example, he – reluctant to speak publicly about his private life – came out to say that Nannis had left the house they shared in Marbella (Spain) a year and a half before the scandal was made public.

Claudio Caniggia and Sofia Bonelli
Claudio Caniggia and Sofia Bonelli

“I am with Sofía and I am better than I was with my wife all the time. That’s the truth. Sofia didn’t break any homes. She is the person I want by my side. I decided to separate because she did not give for more and period”, The former Boca player clarified at the time before the accusations of the mother of his children and added: “The relationship was bad for a long time and my children were aware of that. I told them several times. This would have happened the same if I had been alone, that’s why I don’t like them messing with Sofía, who is a spectacular girl”.

Caniggia also assured that his ex-wife had offered money to his eldest son, Axel, and Charlotte so that they would publicly speak ill of him: “(Mariana) is like this only for the money. He has no other reason. It’s only money that interests himand dirty myself with false lies as much as possible”.

In March 2020, the divorce sentence, and they had a new confrontation over the division of property. “I always knew of the existence of his front men, He never wanted to inform me of the money he charged outside of the contracts, such as businesses that he knew existed but whose details he did not know. Nonetheless, He always believed that in the final instance of the couple, like the one we are going through today, he would act in good faith, valuing my years of dedication to family, home and him, trying to make him overcome his addictions and bad company, but it was not like that”, she assured in a text that she presented at the time.

“In the context of the divorce trial, at the time of denouncing the assets belonging to the conjugal community he only denounced a property that appears under my ownership. From the mere reading of the accompanying writing, the will to subtract the assets of the conjugal partnership that are in the name of third parties is revealed, since at times it mentions assets in the plural”he added.

Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia were together for 29 years: they are the parents of Axel and the twins Charlotte and Alexander
Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia were together for 29 years: they are the parents of Axel and the twins Charlotte and Alexander

“I was a victim of fraud because they took marital property from my estate”, continued who accused her ex-husband of “fraudulent administration” and maintained that he owns at least four apartments in a complex in Puerto Madero that would be in the name of a figurehead. Meanwhile, he affirmed that Caniggia carried out several millionaire businesses within the framework, according to the letter, of an “illicit association” and Nannis says she has a pen drive and different evidence that she found in the house they shared.

The accusation against the player and the corresponding call for investigation was issued by the Prosecutor’s Office No. 42 in charge of Dr. Carlos Velarde, with a 12-page document that Infobae was able to access. It will be justice, then, who will add a new chapter to this story.

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The story of Mariana Nannis and Claudio Caniggia: a high-profile 30-year relationship that ended in a case for alleged sexual abuse