Tragedy strikes at opportune moments, crippling hopes, breaking dreams, and siphoning joy from one’s life.
While sporting setbacks generally come in various forms of injuries, transfer breakdowns, and form slumps, they often take a dreaded shape.
One striker could have taken the next big step in his career and played amongst the European elite before his life came crashing down in a freak event.
Speaking to Telefuturo (via Mirror), former Paraguayan striker Salvador Cabanas has revealed how he was all set to join Manchester United, but being shot in the head during a nightclub incident in Mexico City back in 2010 put an end to that possibility.
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Cabanas states: “I had signed a pre-contract agreement for £1.3m for a transfer to Europe. They told me my destination would be Manchester United. Club America doubled my salary and gave me one apartment in Acapulco and another in Cancun to try and keep me at the club.”
Post-recovery, the striker had stints with numerous South American clubs, but he hung his boots and retired in 2014.
Now 38 years of age, his career has taken a drastic change, as he now sells bread in his hometown. He has this to say about it: “I am going to keep moving forward. I like the work, people recognise me and ask me about football. I have a lot of fun.”
The South American had a promising career path, being named the South American Player of the Year in 2007, having scored the most goals in the Copa Libertadores that campaign.
For his nation, he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances, the highlight of his career coming when he represented Paraguay in the 2006 World Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson had identified him as a target, and it goes without saying that a move to a club like Manchester United would have opened a whole realm of possibilities.