From riches to rags: Ex-Brazilian football star who sunk into alcoholism found murdered

From riches to rags: Ex-Brazilian football star who sunk into alcoholism found murdered

- Valdiram Caetano de Morais sunk into drug addiction before going into the streets

- He was once a top scorer in the Copa do Brasil with his exploits on the pitch allowing him to play alongside Brazilian legend, Romario

- The 36-year old was recently found dead in the streets of Sao Paulo

Curtains have fallen on former Brazilian football star, Valdiram Caetano de Morais.

The footballer, better known as Valdiram, was reportedly found dead in the streets of Santana area in the city of Sao Paulo on Saturday, April 20.

According to a Mirror report citing sources in Brazil, Valdiram sunk into drug addiction on the streets years after his exploits in the Copa do Brasil where he once emerged top scorer.

Three men were arrested in connection with the former player's death who is said to have been murdered.

However, one of them has since been released for lack of sufficient evidence, but the other two remain in custody.

It is believed that Valdiram has been battling alcoholism and drug addiction for a decade now, living his life off the the streets.

The 36-year old broke to football stardom while with Brazilian topflight club, Vasco da Gama where he was teammates with iconic football star, Romario.

He joined Vasco da Gama in 2006, notching an impressive 14 goals in 32 appearances.

Soon after, he is said to have started missing training sessions, leading to the suspension of his contract as a disciplinary action.

He went on to feature for up to 20 teams in a space of 10 years, with spells in Qatar.

In 2018, he was found living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, living in squalor and hopelessness.

His condition attracted the attention of former club, Vasco da Gama, and had him admitted at a rehabilitation center.

He was discharged months later, but still went back to the streets, relapsing until his unfortunate death.

Source: Yen

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