Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate at Sporting, Fabio Paim, has recently spoken out about their time together and how fame and fortune destroyed him. In an interview with The Sun, Paim revealed that he and Ronaldo had played together at the beginning of their careers and that Ronaldo had told him that he was a better player than him.
However, things took a dark turn for Paim when he ended up in prison on charges of drug dealing. He spoke about the impact of fame and fortune on his life and how it led him down a dangerous path.
Paim also shared his thoughts on Ronaldo’s recent comments about their past encounter. In an interview with a podcast, he claimed that if he worked half as hard as Ronaldo, he would be Messi’s main competitor for the Ballon d’Or. However, Ronaldo responded to the interview by saying “WTF. Who is this character?” indicating that he does not remember Paim.
Transfermarkt claims that Paim played for more than 20 clubs in his career and was worth around 400,000 euros at his peak while on loan at Chelsea. Despite his successes, Paim’s story serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of fame and fortune in the world of sports.