Prince of Rio, Heleno de Freitas


Heleno de Freitas was a Brazilian footballing superstar in the 1940’s whose fall from grace is featured in the movie ‘Heleno’ released in the USA this week. The Botafogo hero starred for Brazil at the 1948 World Cup but his personal life began to unravel soon after. Heleno developed dementia and attempted suicide.  At one point, he ate newspaper clippings that had detailed his triumphs and he died at the age of just 39.

Read The Guardian’s review here 

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