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Players are tools: Ze Elias

Ze Elias, Inter Milan
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According to former Inter Milan footballer, Ze Elias, people don’t care about footballers after they retire and he feels used by many.

Former Brazilian defensive midfielder Ze Elias played professionally from 1993 to 2009.

He’s not a television pundit in his native country, but he reveals he’s no a fan of football anymore.

His reason? He feels used.

“I stopped being a fan a long time ago,” he told Planeta Football.

“When you start playing you realize that a professional footballer is like an orange. While he’s good and he has masticating juicer, everybody wants to peel him and eat him.”

Ze Elias added: “When he’s done, people will just throw him away. It’s a business. Players are tools to be used for the benefit of others.”

“When I go to Italy I’m still remembered for that UEFA Cup win. Well, that and one other thing.”

“When we played Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final in 1999,” the year United went on to lift the trophy, “I missed a great chance in the last minute. They’ll never forget that,” he concluded.