Gazza's in the news again today. (Albeit in that notorious red-top 'The Sun" - not quite sure if that qualifies as 'The News' - not exactly the Guardian is it?) Poor man. he's following in George Best's footsteps - these massively talented people who are so naturally gifted - and then just simply can't cope with the afterlife of being in the public eye, the fans, the adoration. I saw George Best having dinner - alone - in Surbiton a few years ago and he looked so old and so grey and oh, so tired. Years of being on the bottle will do that for you I suppose. How is it that some professional footballers go on and make a success of the second part of their careers and some simply flounder? It's so very sad to see him in this state. I imagine that they have 'addictive' personalities and when whatever it is that gives them their high while playing at top level disappears - they search for something else - and find it in the bottom of a Jack Daniel's bottle or inside a wrap of cocaine.
What a waste :( What a shame :( ...and how sad for him that he must spend every day in a perpetual inky blackness of the soul.