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Brazilian Player Reveals He Sold Club World Cup Medal To Pay For Cocaine Binge

Brazilian Player Reveals He Sold Club World Cup Medal To Pay For Cocaine Binge

A Brazilian footballer has revealed he sold his Club World Cup winners' medal to pay for a cocaine binge at the height of his addiction.

Flávio Donizete was part of the São Paulo side that beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 2005 Club World Cup final over in Japan.

Donizete was only included in the squad as a late entry after an injury to Leandro Bonfim but managed to get his hands on the medal despite not featuring in the triumph over the European champions.

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However, two years later the centre-back become embroiled in drugs addiction and offloaded his prized possession so he could embark on a two-day binge where he did not leave the house.

The downwards spiral continued for 13 years until Donizete was able to get clean.

"I sold it to buy drugs. I sold it for 7,000 reais (around £2,875)," the 36-year old told Globoesporte, via Goal.

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"When I sold it the money came and I blew almost all of it on cocaine. The first delivery was 1,000 reais of cocaine. I used it in two days. The more money I had, the more drugs I wanted.

"After I was acquainted with cocaine, I lost everything else. Because at the start I was a moderate user. Until cocaine became more important in my life, I started to lose everything I had. Any money saved I used to buy drugs. I wouldn't let myself be without drugs. Morning, afternoon and evening I had to take cocaine.

"Any money in my account, my possessions, I started losing them. I lost everything, except my wife, daughters and family, who are still with me even today."

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Donizete spent time on loan at Portuguesa, America and Nacional before he was released in 2009. He had a couple stints back playing with Taboao da Serra and Portuguesa and now, having been sober for 18 months works as a gardener.

"I started to get fat through the drink, I picked up a knee injury and I couldn't run. All that as well as the coke. So I said, 'that's it'. I gave up football for good.

"My biggest regret is having tried cocaine. It destroyed me."

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Brazil

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