Sacked by his club for going to Las Vegas with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Martin Castrogiovanni was a cult figure to rugby fans all over the world.
What made tit such a serious matter is that the propi allegedly told Racing management that he was in Argentina seeing to a “family health problem” and could therefore not travel with rest of the Racing squad for their Champions Cup semi-final match.
He was ultimately sacked, and with that he disappeared from the rugby world.
However, Castro is back, and he’s done a brilliant interview with Nik Simon from the Mail Online.
‘It was a good trip, a beautiful trip,’ he laughs. ‘Three days. I met those guys when I was playing in Paris (Ibrahimovic was with Paris Saint-Germain) and we became friends. When they won, they invited me to Vegas and I said, “Yes”. Who would say no?
‘We had a good time. A lot of drinks? Yes. We went out? Yes. Play the casino? Yes. Pool party? Yes. Everyone has seen the photos. When I woke up, I had a thousand messages with all the photos.
‘What else do you do in Vegas? I won maybe £500, but I lost my contract with Racing. Maybe I should have handled it differently with my club, but I would do it again.’
4 other times rugby players got far too drunk
Rugby and alcohol are synonymous, so check out five occasions that rugby players got far too drunk down the years.
1. Mike Phillips
Lions scrum-half Phillips was sacked by his former club Bayonne for allegedly turning up drunk to a video analysis session in 2013. This incident came two years after he was involved in a late-night altercation in Cardiff city centre.