This Friday the difficult state of former soccer player Henry Viáfara, central defender who in his moment he shone with América de Cali and was part of the Colombian National Team. This, during the eighties.
In context: The ex-soccer player of the Colombian National Team who wanders around submerged in poverty).
A video by journalist Jaime Dinas recalled that the former player remains practically destitute after several years struggling with drug addiction and a precarious life after his sports retirement.
Like Viáfara, there have been several international soccer stars who, unfortunately, have come to live in misery. Some ended up in it, others could resurface.
In an interview with 'El País', from Cali, Viáfara had stated in 2014 that he was living a difficult situation in which he depended on the support that people gave him.
“For a few years I have been living with my mother in Villarrica, but everything fell apart when I separated from my wife. There were many disappointments and later, with bad luck, I fell into drug addiction. That was the final point. Later, when I retired from football, there came a time when I had too much time left over, I had nothing to do and I was already going to a farm, somewhere else, with friends, the rumba… From a person who was judicious to get to being lazy afterwards, anyone goes crazy.When I realized everything, I was already deep in vice, there was nothing to do“, he said at the time.
To At the time, Viáfara said that he lived in Puerto Tejada (Cauca) and did not have a stable situation.
“I walk the streets up and down. Sometimes I collaborate with the Notary with some return and he gives me food. I also dig around unloading the soda carts,” he said in 2014.
Now, as has been known, it seems that Viáfara lives in Dosquebradas, Risaralda, in a state of destitution.
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(His story, in detail : From touching glory in the Premier to surviving in poverty and excess).
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