“I had a difficult childhood, family and life before realizing my dream of being a professional footballer. My dad left us when I was 3 and I had to father my brothers
My mother had to work and she left my brothers and me alone. He would leave the food made for us and I would come home from school and reheat it for everyone. I was the eldest and had to take care of my brothers until she came home at 5 p.m.
At this time of the afternoon, the lady who sold Yakult drinkable yogurt was still passing by. Since we didn't have the money to buy one, my mother would tell me: "Let's go inside, it's getting late and I don't want you on the street". When I took my first salaries at São Paulo FC, I would take my mother to the supermarket and we would buy a special box that brought 80 bottles of Yakult..."