Like every other human being, footballers are prone to make mistakes, commit crimes and be punished for failing to abide to rules and regulations.
In as much as they are famous and are role models to some many people, the spot lights on them can either mar or make them.
Today, We would be looking at five footballers that have actually killed someone before:
- Patrick Kluivert:
Patrick Stephan Kluivert is a Dutch former football player and coach who is the academy director of FC Barcelona. He is the former director of football for Paris Saint-Germain in France. Kluivert was the assistant manager of Cameroon.
Back when Kluivert was 19, the Ajax and Barcelona legend crashed his friend’s BMW M3 into Dutch theatre director’s car Martin Putnam resulting in the death of the 56-year-old.
The Dutch attacker, unable to handle the hate left Ajax to join Milan.
- Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso Mendoza is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left back or a wing back for Premier League club Chelsea and the Spain national team.
He started his career with Real Madrid but went on to make his name with Bolton Wanderers in England and later with Fiorentina in Italy.
Marcus Alonso was arrested in 2011 for his involvement in a car crash in Spain’s capital Madrid. Alonso was driving at 122kilometer per hour in wet conditions in a 50kilometer per hour road when he collided with a wall, killing one of the fellow passengers in the car, a 19-year-old woman.
Originally facing 4 years in prison, Alonso had his sentence reduced to 21 months. Charges was later dropped completely as he paid 500,000 euros as damages to the victim’s family.
- Alexandre Villaplane:
Alexandre Villaplane was a French football player, who played in the role of midfielder. Villaplane was also a Nazi collaborator who was arrested and executed for his actions during World War II. In his career he played for FC Sète, Nimes Olympique, Racing Club de France, FC Antibes and OGC Nice.
The Algerian-born Frenchman, who even captained the French side in the 1930 World Cup committed heinous war crimes and directly killed more than 50 people during his life. Villaplane is mainly remembered for his extreme cruelty And brutality, having ordered 53 people to be executed in Mussidan.
He was sentenced to death on 1 December 1944 for his direct involvement in genocides. He was publicly executed by firing squad on 26 December 1944, at the Fort de Montrouge.
- Bruno Fernandes de Souza:
Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza, known as Bruno, is a Brazilian professional footballer currently playing for Brazilian lower league club Poços de Caldas. In 2010, he was charged with the assault, torture and murder of his extramarital girlfriend and mother of his youngest child.
In 2010, the former Flamengo captain was charged with the assault, torture and murder of his extramarital girlfriend and mother of his youngest child.
In 2013, he was found guilty of ordering her murder, hiding the body and kidnapping his baby son, and was thus sentenced to a 22-year jail term. De Souza was released in February 2017, pending an appeal. What was even more despicable was the fact that Brazilian Seria B side, Boa Esporte, immediately handed him a professional contract. However, In April 2017, Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered his re-arrest.
- Diego Buonanotte:
Diego Mario Buonanotte Rende, is an Argentine footballer who plays for the Chilean club Universidad Católica as an attacking midfielder & winger. He began his career with River Plate, where he won the Apertura in 2008, and later played in Spain with Málaga and Granada.
One of Argentina’s promising talents, Buonanotte was Lionel Messi’s team-mate in the Argentine squad which won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. In December 2009, Diego was driving his father’s Peugeot 307 and was on his way back from a night-out when he had an accident that left 3 of his companions in the car dead, leaving Diego as the sole survivor.
After his recovery, there were calls from a local prosecutor to arrest him on three charges of manslaughterr, but the charges were never pursued.