Puck, I have a saucier doping anecdote: during the mid-eightes, Hector Viera at River Plate built a fantastic side led by Francescoli, along with Alonso, Gallego, Alzamendi, Ruggieri, Enrique and Pumpido (5 WC winners from 78 and 86). Their brand of soccer was something that I still can't forget, and in my opinion, matched Sacchi's AC Milan for its beauty and directness. Anyhow, alongside the reliable Uruguayan forward Alzamendi, a young up and coming starlet by name Ramon Centurion was giving much to talk about, and it was not just for his key goals. There were rumors buzzing that he was doping himself, and his fast and furious play seem to confirm it. Eventually, he was banned after testing positive for doping, as many had expected. His banning gave the chance to two young players to get playing time starting alongside Francescoli and Alzamendi in the attack: Gilberto Funes and the unknown Claudio Caniggia. Funes was the starter, and he did not disappoint, including scoring in both the Libertadores final and the Intercontinental. He was capped for Argentina and played at the CA87, but eventually a heart condition affected his form and sadly he passed away at age 28. Years later, rumors came up that Funes, itching for a place in the starting lineup, had actually given Centurion a drink with the doping so that he would be banned. Centurion it turns out never doped himself on purpose, but he never recovered from the ban and the stigma and retired early after some journeyman years with other clubs. Ironic, that things ended sadly for the two players disputing the starting spot, and it would be the young third-string player who rose to become a football legend in his own right.