Bafana Bafana all time leading goalscorer Benni McCarthy, who was this week robbed at gunpoint in Johannesburg, has revealed that one of his best friends’ has turned into a gangster.

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Benni McCarthy poses next to his Porsche Panamera. His salary jumped from R1,200 a month when he was playing for Seven Stars to about $80,000 at the age of 17. Image by: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

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“It’s true. He was my mate and in my class at school. He was bullied as a kid because he was small, quiet and a good-looking boy. I was the school’s soccer star and he hung out with me a bit to be on the safe side,” recalled the former Porto star in an exclusive interview with Four Four Two magazine.

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“At grade six he grew quickly and he wasn’t small anymore. He started hanging out with the wrong crowd and became an infamous drug lord.”

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In a recent trip to visit his friend Gavin, McCarthy said: “I went to see Gavin on my next trip to Cape Town. I was earning massive money but I couldn’t afford the house that Gavin lived in,” added McCarthy.

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“It was like something out of a movie: a mansion with Rottweilers and bodyguards holding guns.”