Ex-Premier League ace opens up on waiter job after car crash and leg amputation

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Former Portsmouth striker Dario Silva has lived quite the life.

The 49-year-old played for Penarol, Espanyol, Cagliari, Malaga and Sevilla, as well as Pompey, during a 14-year playing career.

He scored 14 goals in 49 appearances for Uruguay and played at the 2002 World Cup.

But his life took a turn in September 2006, just seven months after he left Portsmouth after scoring three goals in 15 appearances.

Silva was 33 when he was involved in a serious car accident in his native Uruguay.

The striker lost control of the pick-up truck he was driving in Montevideo and was thrown from the vehicle after hitting a lamppost.

He suffered a fractured skull and had to have his leg amputated following the crash.

He was given a prosthetic leg and, after coming to terms with the injury, he threw himself into rowing and even considered competing in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

But after dabbling in selling horses and considering a move into politics in Uruguay, he moved to Malaga, where he had spent four years as a player.

It was here that rumours spread about his work in a pizzeria following an interview on a Spanish TV show.

However, while it was assumed that Silva was working there, he has since clarified that he was simply there because his friend owns the restaurant.

"I'm happy,” he told Portuguese newspaperO Jogoin 2019.

“I live with my family. I came to a friend's house and he has a pizzeria.

“I always come and it's the only pizzeria I've been to in Malaga because I feel like I'm at home. I don't work in it, I come to enjoy it with my friends.”

Silva explained that his actual job was as a sports agent, withASreporting that he has worked with Sergio Ramos' brother, René.

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It was in an interview on El Chiringuito show Jugones de La Sexta that he says the misunderstanding came from.

He was filmed bringing out food and drinks before talking about the difficulties he has experienced since retiring from football and becoming an amputee.

“My money in football? The representatives ended up robbing it from me,” he said.

"They managed the money and did what they wanted.

“What happened hurt me, but it’s a good thing nothing more than what was expected happened.”

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