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‘I Sold Club World Cup Medal To Buy Cocaine, It Lasted For Two Days’ : Ex-footballer Flavio Donizete Reveals 13-Year Battle With Drug Addiction

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Former Brazilian club, Sao Paulo defender Flavio Donizete, has revealed how his addiction to cocaine made him sell his most prized asset as a footballer just so he could feed his drug habit.

Donizete, who came through the youth system at Sao Paolo, played a bit part in 2005 as Sao Paulo lifted the Paulista State Championship and the Copa Libertadores before crowning their achievement with victory over Liverpool in the Club World Cup.

The centre-back won a gold medal for being part of the squad that defeated Liverpool even though he had no playing time on the pitch and has now revealed that he sold the medal to feed a cocaine addiction that ruined what was one a promising career.

“I sold it to buy drugs. I sold it for 7,000 reais (around £2,875/$3,500),” he explained to Globoesporte.

“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.”

Following that 2005 campaign, Donizete spent a succession of seasons on loan, representing the likes of Portuguesa, America and Nacional in Sao Paulo before he was finally released at the end of his contract in 2009.

The defender then took a break for 6 years before he resumed his professional career with a brief stint at Taboao da Serra.

Donizete, 36 is now free of drugs and working as a gardener in the town of Americana, Brazil. He says he still dreams of making a comeback as a professional.

“[My friends] would say to me, ‘snort!’. I would snort and at that moment the effects of drinking would wear off,” he recalled.

“Every day I went out I would say, ‘today I can drink as late as I want because when I use cocaine the effect wears off. Let’s go find some’.

“I was never at home, it was just parties and drinking. There were times I wouldn’t go a single day without taking cocaine.

“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.”

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Man City Sign Ruben Dias As Otamendi Joins Benfica

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Benfica announced the sale of Ruben Dias to Manchester City while confirming a deal for Nicolas Otamendi on Sunday.
Manchester City have signed centre-back Ruben Dias from Benfica in a transfer worth an initial £62million (€68m) with Nicolas Otamendi heading the opposite way in a separate deal.

Portugal international Dias, 23, has been a regular for Primeira Liga side Benfica since emerging through the academy ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Dias has been linked with a number of big-name clubs around Europe, including Manchester United, but rivals City have now reached an agreement with Benfica.

The Portuguese side confirmed the news on their official website on Sunday, shortly before announcing a €15m (£13.67m) deal is in place for Otamendi, who must now undergo a medical.

City will pay an additional €3.6m (£2.1m) in add-ons for Dias should he trigger various performance-related clauses.

Dias captained Benfica in Saturday’s victory over Moreirense and hugged his team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa as he left the field at full-time.

“It was a special moment [with Costa] and I think everyone already knows why,” Dias said after the game. “Obviously, people leave their mark on you, and the club also.

“Without a doubt, it was very special for me. I am very happy. It was very important to consecrate this game with a goal, it was very special for me.”

Dias’ arrival ends City manager Pep Guardiola’s search for a right-sided centre-back, 16 months after long-serving Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad Stadium for Anderlecht.

Otamendi – who played for Benfica’s Portuguese rivals Porto between 2010 and 2014 – spent five years with City and started 31 games in all competitions last term.

The 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, four EFL Cup trophies, two Community Shields and the FA Cup during his time in Manchester, having arrived from Valencia in 2015.

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Manchester United Submit Final £90m ‘Take-It-Or-Leave-It’ Offer For Jadon Sancho

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Manchester United will reportedly make one final offer to Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, a player they have pursued all summer but made no progress in talks.

So far, their only signing of the transfer window has been the £40m addition of Donny van de Beek, who scored on his Premier League debut last weekend.

Jadon Sancho has been Man United’s top target all summer but with less than two weeks before the transfer window shuts he’s still with the German club.

Dortmund imposed an August 10 deadline for Manchester United to strike a deal with them but none of that materialized and the Bundesliga club have made several statements insisting he would not be sold this summer.

Earlier this week, sporting director Sebastian Kehl asserted that the England international would not be going anywhere but a new report saysMan United will test Dortmund’s resolve, though, with a final ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ bid.

According to the Mirror UK, Man United will reportedly offer £75million up front with a further £15million in add-ons while United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will also tell Dortmund there will be no negotiating over the fee or structure of the deal.

Dortmund’s asking price is said to be around the £108m mark but the Red Devils continue to be optimistic of getting a deal done before the October 18 deadline.

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Togo’s Prime Minister And His Government Resign

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Togo’s Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government have resigned in a political reshuffle delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The resignation came after President Faure Gnassingbe won his re-election in March, extending his 15-year-old rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.

Komi Selom Klassou has served as prime minister since 2015. Commenting on the resignation of the prime minister, Gnassingbe congratulated Klassou and his team for their “economic, political and social efforts and the encouraging results despite the health crisis around the world.”

The presidency did not say when a new prime minister would be appointed.

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