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5 Footballers Who Struggled With Alcohol And Drugs

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Fitness is considered to be the most necessary for every football player even during the off-season, they have to follow fitness rules. That’s why players are prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs.

As you know, alcohol or drugs can never be very unhealthy. By using these, the person has to face many mental and physical problems. On the other hand, players must be healthy both physically and mentally, only then they can perform well. Still, there are some footballers who used drugs or some sort of steroids.

Although there may be several reasons, one of them is pressure. There is no doubt that footballer may have to undergo a lot of pressure on and off the pitch as public eyes are on them. However some footballers control this pressure well, but some players can not. And this is where the problem arises.

Footballers are scrutinized the most. Therefore, it is mandatory for the football players to participate in the semi-regular drugs test. At the international level, footballers are tested weekly, if any footballer refuses to take the test, then they can be banned from the game and on the other hand, if they fail in drug testing, they may face heavy fines and punishments.

We have prepared a list of 5 footballers who struggled with alcohol and drugs.

Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne emerged as the most talented footballer with the best performance in the 1990 World Cup. In 1991, he played in FA Cup final match, while he was suffering from the severe knee injury. Still, Italian club side Lazio offered a lot of money to Paul because Serie A outfit wants to secure his services from Tottenham. As a result, he performed brilliantly for Lazio.

Unfortunately, Paul’s suffered another knee injury, this incident affected his career very much when he was off the pitch. During this period Paul started drinking alcohol. Consequently, his life became uncontrollable.

Due to his addictive personality, Paul entered treatment sessions in October 1998 when he was admitted into Priory Hospital after a drinking session where he drank 32 shots of bourbon which left him at “absolute bottom”; when Bryan Robson signed him in a hospital while Gascoigne was unconscious.

He was discharged, at his own particular request, two weeks into the proposed stay remain for 28 days. His consequent visits to the Priory turned out to be rarer, and he inevitably returned to alcohol.

In 2001 Gascoigne’s then-administrator Bill Kenwright reached Gascoigne’s advisor at the Priory, John McKeown, who sorted out greater treatment to help Gascoigne to control his alcohol intake. As a feature of the treatment, he was sent to the United States where he had a stay at a center in Cottonwood, Arizona. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He remained at the center in 2003 after he endured low focuses working in China, and again in 2004 in the wake of retiring from football.

Adrian Mutu

Another addict footballer who destroyed his career due to the misuse of cocaine. Mutu performed very well, scored 22 goals in 33 games against Dynamo Bucharest at home ground and he became the most talented footballer. Mutu scored 18 goals in 32 matches, against Parma. In 2003, Mutu joined Chelsea for £16 million in the ownership of Roman Abramovich. He performed very well for one year but in 2004, he fell out of favor and put his career at risk when Mutu failed a drug test. The presence of cocaine was found in the drug test, because of this, Chelsea fired him and he was banned for 7 months.

Mutu was a fast and smart player, with brilliant specialized skills and dribbling ability, and was likewise an exact set-piece and penalty taker. In spite of his ability, he was regularly inclined to niggling injuries and accused of irregularity.

In spite of all these, Italian club invited Mutu and then Fiorentina gave him an opportunity, Mutu proved to be good for Fiorentina. But it was revealed that he was still using drugs. In 2010 drug test, he was found to be involved in other drug abuse. As a result, Mutu was banned for 9 months for the drug abuse. But still, on the expiry of the ban, he returned to football. Unfortunately, Adrian Mutu could not perform as before due to drug misuse, his career ruined. And in 2014, all through his professional career, and was also famous for his poor work-rate, volatile character, and conduct on the pitch; along these lines, he was frequently viewed as not having fulfilled his actual potential.

Mark Bosnich

Mark Bosnich was an Australian goalkeeper who was compared to the best goalkeepers. His career began to shine in the mid-1990s when he played a prominent role as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and became popular as a penalty-saving expert at Aston Villa. Because of this skill, it was possible to win both the 1993/94 and 1995/96 League Cup. Even in 1999, he took another step towards Manchester United and was considered the successor to the Peter Schmeichel.

After a few months break, in 2001, he moved to Chelsea where his fitness problem came to light and drug testing revealed that Mark used to abuse cocaine. Because of this, he was banned for 9 months. Still, Mark could not get out of the clutches of cocaine for 5 years.  Bosnich admitted that much of his cocaine problem was due to his relationship with British model Sophie Anderton, claiming that for every line she had, he had to have one too. He does not regret his actions.

However, crediting them with being able to help someone in need. Bosnich addiction worsened and he later said, “There was a stage where I got up to 10 grams a day when I was really down in the dumps.” On 16 July 2008, he was made bankrupt at the High Court in London on the petition of a creditor.

George Best

In 1968, by winning the European Cup, George Best became Manchester United’s most talented footballer, his talent was seen in every session. He scored 6 goals against Northampton Town, 4 goals against Benfica, thus, gradually he scored 136 goals in 361 matches. George also played well for Scotland and the United States. In 1977, he played 36 matches for Northern Ireland and his last match was against Bournemouth in 1983.

After retiring from football, his marriage went down because he was addicted to alcohol. Best suffered from alcoholism for most of his adult life, leading to numerous controversies, while playing in the United States, Best stole money from the handbag of a woman he did not know in order to fund a drinking session. “We were sitting in a bar on the beach, and when she got up to go to the toilet I leaned over and took all the money she had in her bag.

In 1984, he stayed in jail for a few weeks due to drink-driving. Due to misuse of alcohol, his liver got damaged. In 2000, he was admitted to a London Hospital where he was asked to quit alcohol, still, George Best could not get out of alcohol addiction. George had to face various physical problems, as a result, he died at the age of 59.

Ladislao Kubala

Ladislao Kubala is one of the best football players. But the thing he always regretted that he could never play for his motherland. He started making his career after coming to football. He played for Czechoslovakia 12 times. When he went to Hungary, there was a case of treason against him, for which communistic regime sent him to jail and after some weeks he was released. In 1950, Kubala got a chance to play for Spain. Then, he moved to Real Madrid, one day he was under the influence of alcohol. Kubala was also unable to stand. Because of this he was banned from playing for a few months. On the expiry of the ban, a chance was given to play on behalf of FC Barcelona. Yet he could not be free from the clutches of alcohol due to which his career was badly affected.

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