From 54 goals in a season to drug addiction: The rise and fall of Mário Jardel

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Fergal Jose McAlinden | These Football Times
April 2018 | 16-minute read


Such phenomenal statistics are a sobering reminder of what might have been for the talented striker, whose career suffered some high-profile misfortunes at crucial times; among them Inter’s decision to sign Hakan Şükür instead of him in 2000; a host of other failed transfers to big European teams; and the continued reticence of Brazil coaches to select him for the national team over the likes of Ronaldo and Romário. These near misses meant the career of one of Europe’s leading goalscorers never scaled the heights it seemed destined to.


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