Emerson Sheik is a football enigma so to speak. The journeyman Brazilian has changed clubs, his name and even his age on a variety of occasions.
The Sao Paolo youth team graduate made himself known the world over with his Rivaldo-style play acting after an off the ball incident involving Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in the 2012 World Club Cup final. This is not the first time he has found himself wrapped up in controversy, however.
Sheik or Márcio Passos de Albuquerque, to give him his full title, has led a club career that could be described as patchy at best dividing his time between Brazil, Japan, France and the Middle East. While lining out for Al-Sadd in Qatar the Corinthians forward got himself involved in a number of capers.
First in 2006 he was arrested in Brazil for forging his birth certificate showing his name as Márcio Emerson Passos and that he was three years younger than his actual age whilst trying to obtain a passport.
He was made look even more farcical when he earned himself three caps for the Qatari national side while he was with Al-Sadd despite having absolutely no connections or ties with the oil rich state, his plot was soon foiled by FIFA who barred him for lining out for The Maroon again.
The incident did not leave Sheik red faced as one would expect, and simply brushed of any allegations, despite completely ignoring FIFAs rules and “forgetting” that he had nine caps for the Brazil under-20 team.
At the age of 34 he has little time left to make any more horrific blunders but let’s hope he tries his best.
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