When Ronaldino, one of the greatest footballers of our time was arrested alongside his brother Roberto Assis over fake Passport issue in Paraguay and detained at Agrupacion Especializida Maximum security prison for 32 days, only two players visited him; that is Samuel E’too and Paraguay International Nelson Cuevas.
Later, E’too would call every evening to know how he was faring and gave him hope that things would be okay. Not even his mom, wife or siblings would do that.
After pleading guilty to the charges, the two were fined £200, 000 plus legal charges totalling to £27,000.
When he informed Etoo about the sentence and the huge fine, Etoo responded ” Don’t worry bro, I will take care of everything,” and he wired the money so that Ronaldino could be released.
Of all prominent friends Ronaldino made at the peak of his career, only that African that was once called a ” monkey” by racist Spanish and Italian fans was there for him.
Often, the fellows hanging around you today masquerading as big friends may not be there for you tomorrow. But there will always be one that will be more than a family to us – a friend that sticks closer thsn a brother. Friendship is tested by ability to stand by each other at the hour of need.
It’s in you lowest moments in life that you know your true friends. May God help us to know our real friends!