‘I drank coffee to remove the smell from my breath and bathed in perfume’: Ex-Brazil star Cicinho admits he used to turn up for Real Madrid training DRUNK while suffering from alcoholism … having first started drinking at the age of 13 and ‘never stopped’
- Former Real Madrid defender Cicinho has detailed his battle with alcoholism
- The Brazilian admits he regularly arrived for training with Madrid while still drunk
- He used to drink coffee and bathe in perfume purposely to hide the smell of it
- Cicinho also suffered with the problem after leaving Madrid to sign for Roma
Former Real Madrid right-back Cicinho has revealed he used to turn up for training with the Spanish club drunk amid a battle with alcoholism.
Cicinho spent two years at the Bernabeu after completing a move from Brazilian side Sao Paulo in 2005, featuring 32 times for Real and collecting a La Liga winners’ medal in 2007.
He departed for Roma that summer after falling out of favor under new boss Bernd Schuster, which in hindsight may have been a result of his problems off the pitch.
Ex-Real Madrid star Cicinho has revealed he used to turn up for training with the club drunk
Cicinho spent two years at the Bernabeu after completing a move from Sao Paulo in 2005
The ex-Brazil international has spoken candidly about his struggle with alcoholism over the past decade, and now he has recalled arriving for training during his time in Madrid while intoxicated.
‘If you ask me if I’ve ever been to training drunk at Real: yes. And I drank coffee to remove the smell from my breath and bathed in perfume, ‘he said on EPTV show Ressaca, via Goal.
‘Speaking of my profession, as a former professional football player, it was easy, I did not need money to get [drink]. People were happy to give you everything in restaurants. ‘
Cicinho’s battle with alcoholism did not end when he moved to Rome, nevertheless.
The 41-year-old admits he also attended training with Giallorossi drunk, although club officials were quicker to notice this time around.
He has since admitted his time in Spain was marred by problems with alcoholism off the pitch
CICINHO CAREER TIMELINE
1999 – Begins career with lower-tier Brazilian club Botafogo-SP
2001 – Signs for Atletico Mineiro before heading back to Botafogo on loan
2004 – After making 59 appearances for Mineiro, heads to Sao Paulo
2005 – Wins the league, Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup with Sao Paulo before earning a move to Real Madrid. Also makes his Brazil bow
2007 – Following two years with Real, where problems with alcoholism spiralled out of control, completes a £ 10m switch to Roma
2010 – Returns for a brief loan spell with Sao Paulo
2011 – Joins Villarreal on loan from January until the end of the season
2012 – After another year with Roma, heads back to Brazil to join Sport Recife
2013 – Moves to Turkey to sign for Sivasspor
2018 – Retires from football after u-turning on a decision to join Brasiliense due to a recurring knee injury
Speaking about his time in Rome, Cicinho said: ‘Started drinking after training. I did the physiotherapy work, came home around 2 pm, 2.30 pm and only stopped drinking at 4 am
‘Every time I arrived at Roma drunk, the leaders saw it and that made me fall into disrepute.’
Cicinho, who spent five years with Roma before later enjoying stints in Turkey and back in Brazil, first starting drinking as a teenager and soon found himself on a slippery slope.
‘At 13 years old, when I tasted alcohol for the first time, I never stopped,’ he said.
‘I lived in the countryside, in Pradopolis, close to Ribeirao Preto, and on weekends we gathered friends and used to go out in the squares, to the clubs.
‘There was a bar nearby, because I was a minor, I tried to hide it, I asked whoever was older to buy it and I kept drinking hidden from my parents, the police.’