Throughout his career, Paul Gascoigne shone and lit up the football world, whether it was for one of his clubs or England.

However, Gascoigne's unquestionable talent was unfortunately marred by his off-field troubles that became more and more apparent and public.

He has struggled with different problems, but none more notable than his battle against alcoholism - his biggest trouble since his playing days.

Gazza has repeatedly been in and out of rehabilitation since 1998, when his then-manager Sir Bobby Robson checked him as he was unconscious after consuming 32 shots of whiskey. His alcoholism had been slightly noticeable before this, too, as he was at the centre of many alcohol-related antics with his England team-mates in his early career.

Despite rehab, which helped him repel alcohol for two years, and after starting again becoming sober for a further 17 months, he was again assigned to a rehab centre in America in February, in an attempt to save his life. Whilst in rehab this year, Gascoigne suffered a horrific alcohol-withdrawal syndrome during his detox, and had to be revived three times after his heart stopped functioning.

Regardless of all his shocking problems, let's remember Gascoigne for all the marvellous things he achieved in his career: helping England reach the semi-finals of Italia '90, where we witnessed his tears of passion; that wonder-goal against Scotland at Euro '96 as he steered his country to within touching distance of glory; being the life of the party wherever he went and lifting his team-mates; the incredible club goals and, of course, for being one of the most naturally-gifted English footballers ever and a footballing icon that the nation adored.

Get well soon, Gazza.

 

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