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The life of Salvador Cabañas has taken a bizarre turn. The Paraguayan footballer was shot earlier this year and has not played football since. The question is if he ever will. On top of that, the club of Cabañas, Club America, has not paid the player for months.


On the 25th of January Cabañas’ life changed completely. Before, he was a high scoring striker from Mexican Club América (66 league goals in 4 years) and the national team of Paraguay (44 caps and 10 goals). Then he was shot in the head when in a bar.


The 30-year old Cabañas survived, although the doctors were not able to remove the bullet from his head. Playing at the 2010 World Cup was impossible for the striker. At the moment he is still recovering in a special clinic in Argentina.


Cabañas is not only fighting to recover from the shooting incident. A new fight has started, because Club América has not paid him since April, according to his agent José María Gonzalez and his wife Maria Alonso Mena. ‘I think his wages have not been paid for almost five months, as well as the clinic’, said Gonzalez.


Immediately after the shooting incident Club América publicly promised they would pay for Cabañas’ treatment during the time that he was under contract. The club did pay for his treatment in Mexico and also or his transfer to the clinic in Argentina. 


Cabañas still has a contract with América until August 2012. But the Mexican club refuses to fulfil its obligations. ‘They have cut off all communication with us. We’ve heard nothing from them’, added Gonzalez, who decided to turn to the Mexican football federation, FMF. ‘We have already written to the FMF. We hope that the federation intervenes and solves this problem. Otherwise we will go to FIFA with this case.’


FIFPro supports all players that have trouble getting paid by their clubs. It is totally irrelevant whether a footballer gets injured while on a pitch, or a training field, or in his private life. Normally a club has the obligation to respect a player’s contract even if that player is sick or had an accident.