The Brazilian holds no grudges against his former coach for refusing to allow him play when his love for cheese got out of hand.

Former midfielder Matuzalem has shown he was dropped into the chair at Napoli because he could not quit eating mozzarella.

The Brazilian spent two years at the Italian bar and made 61 appearances, but he had been frequently placed on the bench or left from matchday squads entirely towards the end of his spell at Stadio San Paolo.

“Mozzarella, my god! I couldn’t help it: I ate so much that I lost my physical condition and Mondonico started to keep me on the seat,” he informed Gianluca Di Marzio.

“I don’t blame him, I had been embarrassing.”

He added: “I was overjoyed [in Napoli], but totally unaware of this world I had been in. Whenever I came there, I asked coach [Walter] Novellino:’When can we play Juventus and Inter?’

He responded: “You’d be wise to overlook it, since we’re still in Serie B.”

“Luckily, the promotion would come at the end of the season.”

His greatest spell at one club has been the five years he spent at Lazio, winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.

Though he regrets not remaining in the Italian capital for more, he’s pleased with the way his career and life turned out.

“My time at Lazio could have lasted longer if I’d been more rigorous in my training,” he explained.”

“I would have liked to play in a World Cup also, but looking back on how my life could’ve gone, I could just be happy with the route I took.”

“I will not hide it: if it hadn’t been for this particular trial at Vitoria Bahia I’d have ended up with a lot of my childhood friends – in prison or at the cemetery. We lived in a poor neighborhood, drugs and delinquency were on the schedule.”