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Forward says he had nothing to fear from perpetrator just seconds prior to being attacked as he speaks for the first time about the moment in which he almost lost his life

Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas has stated that he was not scared just before being shot in the head as he relives the ordeal which almost cost him his life.

The forward was gunned down in a Mexico City bar 18 months ago following an argument about his performances for former club America.

And, speaking for the first time since the attack, he said: "In the very moment that I was shot, right then I felt God was close, by my side telling me I had to go back to my family, that I have to be with them, enjoy them, that I still have a lot of life to live and to enjoy it with them."

He then explained the moment a gun was pointed at him while he showed no fear.

"He [the gunman] said a lot to me. He started talking a lot and he said to me, 'You're scared', and 'I know you're scared'," Cabanas said.

"I said to him, 'What am I afraid of? What am I going to be afraid of? No, I am not scared'. And he said, 'Oh, so you're not scared? And this (gun) against your forehead?'. 'I'm not scared. Why would I be scared?'."

Cabanas has travelled to the Copa America to train with his national team this month as an honorary squad member alognside Gerardo Martino's men as he looks to continue his rehabilitation from the incident.

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