Last-four berths beckon in Asia

Last-four berths beckon in Asia
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The Best FIFA Football Awards

"Thank God I didn’t end up making that huge mistake"

“I’d already decided I was going to end my life,” Wendell Lira, then a debt-ridden, injury-plagued footballer, candidly told FIFA.com. “When you can’t put food on the table, give your daughter and wife the minimum they need to get by… I saw no way out."

Wendell Lira sizzled as a Brazil youth international, alongside Denilson, Willian and Alexandre Pato, and was the subject of a bid from AC Milan which Goias rejected.

Two grave knee injuries clobbered the forward's career into freefall, however, and the following years saw him swap clubs as frequently as shorts and receive very little playing time – and, consequently, remuneration.

Wendell was lost at sea. On 6 November 2015, he heard the coastguards’ siren. It came from the FIFA Puskás Award.

“I’d already decided I was going to end my life,” Wendell Lira, then a debt-ridden, injury-plagued footballer, candidly told FIFA.com. “When you can’t put food on the table, give your daughter and wife the minimum they need to get by… I saw no way out."

Wendell Lira sizzled as a Brazil youth international, alongside Denilson, Willian and Alexandre Pato, and was the subject of a bid from AC Milan which Goias rejected.

Two grave knee injuries clobbered the forward's career into freefall, however, and the following years saw him swap clubs as frequently as shorts and receive very little playing time – and, consequently, remuneration.

Wendell was lost at sea. On 6 November 2015, he heard the coastguards’ siren. It came from the FIFA Puskás Award.