Mário Jardel, former Brazilian Porto striker with whom he played from 1996 to 2000, admitted taking drugs during the seasons he played, telling his story to YouTube channel Pilhado. He said: "I entered the drug world out of curiosity when I played in clubs in Europe.
I met some people and they offered it to me. I started consuming it regularly when I was on vacation because there would be doping controls during competitions. You have a lot of money and there are many traps, friendships, temptations and curiosities around.
Today I got rid of it and my wife was essential to be able to do it. I thank her because she was always by my side. When I went to parties she often came too because in those environments you are more likely to end up do drugs, especially after drinking.
Now I want to give my children a good image and do social work so that young people don't make the mistakes I made in the past. "
Jardel was one of the most prolific strikers of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
He Won the Golden Boot in 1999 and 2002, as well as the Primeira Liga top scorer five times. He is the only footballer in history to be the top scorer in both the Copa Libertadores (1995) and the Champions League (1999-2000).
He has played in teams of 11 different nations (Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, England, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Cyprus, Australia, Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia), scoring more than 450 goals in total. With the Brazilian Under-20 national team he won the Under-20 World Cup in 1993.
With the senior national team he made 10 appearances, including one in the 2001 Copa America. In 2012 he announced his retirement from football; later he started studying to get his coaching license. His debut with the national team dates back to 1996, against Russia.
However, in the green-gold jersey he only played 10 games with a goal, while with the under 20 he managed to win the world title in 1993.