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The reality is harsh for Salvador Cabañas. On Thursday he received a special award from CONMEBOL for his footballing performances. However, according to his wife, Cabañas has no money left to pay for his rehabilitation.

 

Cabañas is still recovering from the incident which turned his life upside down. On 25th January 2010, the footballer was shot in the head. He survived the gunshot wound, although doctors did not succeed in removing the bullet from his head. Since then, he has been recovering but the former leading scorer of the Paraguayan national team and the Mexican Club América will never play football again.

 

On Thursday, Cabañas received an award during the congress of the South American football association CONMEBOL which honoured his performances in the Copa Libertadores. The striker was the top goalscorer in South America’s leading competition on two occasions.

 

‘Cabañas was a fearsome and unerring goal scorer’, said press secretary Néstor Benítez, presenting him with the Alberto Spencer Cup as the top goalscorer in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. ‘Life sometimes has unexpected paths in store for us, but Salvador Cabañas lives in the memory of South American football.’

 

 

Cabañas is still at odds with Club América. He says the Mexican club, which has him under contract until August 2012, still owes him a million American dollars in salary and bonuses. América is refusing to pay. 

 

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) is trying to mediate in the dispute. FMF President Justino Compeán expressed regret for the situation Cabañas finds himself in and announced that he will mediate in talks on an agreement between Cabañas’s wife, María Lorgia Alonso, and Club América. ‘It’s sad. We hope they will come to an agreement’, said Compeán.

 

Alonso said last Wednesday that the situation is distressing, as she doesn’t have the money to pay for her husband’s recovery. ‘I only have enough for food until December, as they say (…) People say “Look, they have a huge house, big cars”, but the truth is we don’t, and I’ll take this opportunity to announce that I want to sell the cars. I’ve already put an advertisement in the papers.'

 

'I went through a stage of depression, but I’ve woken up, and there are people helping me. I want to thank the people who helped him, Salvador’s colleagues’, said a tearful Alonso. ‘We were living in a little glass box, but now we have to live in grim reality. We have nothing.’