Some people genuinely believed Real Madrid were signing the next Cafu - or a right-footed version of Roberto Carlos - when they snapped up Cicinho in 2006.
The Brazilian full-back had caught the eye of Los Blancos officials at the 2005 Club World Cup and appeared to possess all the qualities required to flourish in European football.
However, Cicinho made just 32 appearances for Real Madrid before being sold to AS Roma in 2007.
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He would make 93 appearances for the Italian club over five seasons, but was loaned to Sao Paulo and Villarreal during that time.
The Brazil international then returned to his home country, plying his trade for Sport Recife, before accepting a call from the aforementioned Roberto Carlos to join Sivasspor in 2013.
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Cicinho admits he's an alcoholic
Now 36, Cicinho has revealed the sad news that he is battling alcoholism - and has been for some time now.
The South American has been warned that he’s putting his life in danger due to excessive drinking.
"I'm a guy who can't sit and have one or two glasses,” Cicinho told ESPN Brasil, per Goal. “I have to drink until I fall over.
"They said to me: 'if you keep going with this life, you will die'. And I had an encounter with Jesus after 18 caipirinhas and 14 'long necks' [of beer]."
Cicinho isn’t the first footballer to suffer from the effects of alcoholism and he certainly won’t be the last.
Hopefully, he will find the support he needs to get his life back on track.
Cicinho criticises attitude of Brazil stars
In the meantime, Cicinho has also criticised the attitude of the Brazilian players following their disappointing showing at this summer’s Copa America.
Dunga, who lost his job after the tournament, only managed to secure one victory from three group-stage matches, resulting in an embarrassing early exit for the Seleção.
"These days, we're all concerned with selfies, with hair and all these things," Cicinho added.
"There's style all right, but the Brazilian team needs more attitude. You see players asking not to play in the Copa America. That shouldn't be!"
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