"life has been tough for me. i come from a poor home in brazil
- and you have no idea, in europe
, what that means. when i was seven my mother died of cancer. again, in europe
, she might have had treatment to save her. in brazil
that wasn't possible. when i was 13 my father died from a heart attack."
"there's no money in brazilian football or south american football in general. why do you think all the players are so desperate to come to europe
? it's the big dream. you think you can go to europe
, make a fortune and make life better for your family."
"i needed to be younger and have some sort of my family history connected with italy
, so the agent found a young reserve player, eriberto, who had all that and had no objections - and i took his identity. i didn't worry about paperwork. i left that to other people. i wanted to do the best for my brothers and sisters and cousins and it wasn't harming anyone. what was important was how well i played. after all, if i didn't play well then i wouldn't get a club or keep a club. it's not the name on your passport that goes out on the pitch."
"journalists started calling me and asking whether it was true. what could i say? there was nothing i could do but own up and take whatever punishment was coming. so i was suspended and lost the chance of a big-money transfer to lazio
, şubat '03)