There can be few more prolific goalscorers plying their trade in Europe than a certain Uruguayan international by the name of Edinson Cavani.
The 26 year old netted 66 goals in his first two Napoli campaigns and was scoring even more regularly this term, until he was hit by an inexplicable run of poor goal-scoring form, form that may well have cost the San Paolo side any hope of a Serie A title.
Cavani went a full eight games without a goal, a drought that followed a run of nine goals in his previous eight appearances.
Now Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport has uncovered a possible reason for this alarming drop in form, it turns out that the former Palermo forward has been having an affair with a 22 year old Neapolitan waitress.
One would perhaps assume that his wouldn’t be a direct reason for his poor form on the field of play but when you consider that Cavani’s wife, who had only recently had their child, found out and then filed for divorce one can then see how this transgression could be the root of his lack of success in front of goal.
Cavani did bring an end to his goal drought last weekend, thanks to a double salvo against Atalanta, so perhaps now that everything is out in the open he can continue to score with alarming regularity as he has been for the past few years.
Unfortunately for Chelsea fans, Fernando Torres’s goal drought has nothing whatsoever to do with an extra marital affair.