Escobar himself is once believed to have wagered in excess of $20 million. A nation of dreamers Escobar made football more than just a sport appreciated by the ghetto; it became a source of Colombian national pride. Poor kids now dreamt of growing up and playing football – a positive outlet as opposed to becoming a drug-trafficker.
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A clip or two from Narcos does show Escobar playing 5-a-side football with his associates and that is an accurate depiction of the centrality of football to his life. "Pablo loved the sport. He grew up in Medellin, Colombia, in a country that loved the sport.
Orlando City manager Oscar Pareja was once invited to Pablo Escobar’s lavish prison where he was forced to play football with the infamous drug lord. Pareja, now 53, was at the time the star and captain of Independiente Medellin in Colombia, during a period where Escobar had a firm grip on the country and its drug trade.
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In December 1993, Escobar was shot and killed by a member of the police force on the Medellin rooftops as he was trying to escape; he was wearing his football cleats.
CAIRO – 18 December 2017: Pablo Escobar, one of the greatest drug sellers in history, was fond of football. “Pablo always loved soccer; His first shoes were football boots. And he died in football boots,” according to his sister, Luz Maria in ESPN documentary 'The Two Escobars' (however, Escobar died barefoot.) Escobar invested his money in football and these investments were a new way to launder money of course.
Born in Paraguay, Escobar didn’t move to his spiritual home of La Paz until he was 26, and it wasn’t until the age of 32 that he truly began to cement himself as a legend of Bolivian football. In fact, the first half of his career was largely nomadic, with the attacker appearing for 10 clubs in four different countries.
Orlando City’s manager, Oscar Pareja, was once invited to a luxurious prison in Pablo Escobar and forced to play football with the infamous drug trafficking organization. Pareha, now 53, was the star and captain of Colombia’s Independent Medellín at the time when Escobar had a firm grasp of Colombia and its drug trade. And in …
More info. Orlando City manager Oscar Pareja was once invited to Pablo Escobar’s lavish prison where he was forced to play football with the infamous drug lord. Pareja, now 53, was at the time the star and captain of Independiente Medellin in Colombia, during a period where Escobar had a firm grip on the country and its drug trade.
Escobar's own goal came in a 2-1 loss to the US, and it is thought that members of a powerful drug cartel had large amounts of money riding on the game.
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