As the panic of the transfer window has now subsided, a few stories are emerging of what really happened in some of the moves and the reasons behind them. Doni leaving Liverpool wasn't a shock, he's slipped down the pecking order, wasn't happy and an exit was the obvious way to go.
However, his transfer and exit from Liverpool has a little more to it according to today's Gazzetta dello Sport. They speak of a tragedy surrounding the 33 year old goalkeeper and say he's has been forced to retire from the top level of football due to a heart condition. They say Doni has been 'forced to say goodbye to football due to serious health problems'.
Gazzetta go as far as to say that on July 3rd he had a cardiac arrest whilst being examined by Liverpool doctors and there followed '30 seconds of terror'. Clinical examinations went on to show a heart arrhythmia, which they say was probably caused by a virus in childhood. It would not prevent him from taking part in sport but, like Gazzetta say, the recent incident with Fabrice Muamba and tragic death of Piermario Morosini have led to football being more cautious as a collective regarding these things.
Doni then returned to Brazil but later travelled to Italy and visited the Monzino hospital in Milan where Professor Zeppilli conducted a series of tests and after he explained the situation to Doni, the goalkeeper decided that he wanted to be closer to home and family. His condition is under control but is still present and will remain a concern for him.
He has joined Botafogo SP, not to be confused with the bigger Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, are based in Ribeirao Preto in Sao Paulo state. The club are currently playing in the Campeonato Paulista Serie A1 and therefore aren’t involved in the national league.