Flamengo star Vagner Love held nothing back in a frank talk about his sex life in Brazil and Russia, affirming that orgies involving up to 14 people were common in his days as a single man.
Love spoke openly of his womanising past in an interview given to the April edition of Playboy Brasil, to whom he revealed that he lost his virginity at the age of 14 to a 25-year-old girlfriend.
When asked if group sex occurred between players and their female admirers, Love replied with an emphatic yes.
"Does it happen? Now I am married, but [orgies] do happen. If there were six men, we would say that we were going to have eight women, more or less," the star explained.
"The [groupies] want to take advantage. They want to get a footballer and then talk about it to their friends: 'Hey, I was with this guy, I was with that guy'. There is a lot of competition between them. They all want status and a little bit of fame."
The former CSKA Moscow player also revealed where his nickname came from after an ill-advised tryst in the days prior to a match.
"I have only done that once in my life. I would not recommend it to any player who is starting his career. My name [Love] came from that, it was a mistake that ended up sticking with me."
The player concluded the interview by talking about the difficulties of sex in Russia and in Siberian temperatures.
"You can still do it. At home, in restaurants or in shopping malls there is always heating, so no problem. The issue is out in the street. I did not mess around doing that in the street because I'm not tough enough to do it when it is -27, -30°C."
Love and Flamengo next play on Thursday, when they fight for their Copa Libertadores future at home to Lanus.