He rose from humble beginnings, worked his way through the local leagues before graduating to become a major player on the international stage, netting him millions of dollars along the way.
But this isn’t a tale about a footballing hero. This is a story about one of modern sport’s greatest villains — the man dubbed the most notorious match-fixer in the world.
You may not be familiar with the name Wilson Raj Perumal but given how prolific he was, you might have watched one of the games he’s fixed.
“I never really counted, but I think it should be between 80-100 football matches,” Perumal told CNN’s Don Riddell in his first-ever television interview.
Few doors seemed to be closed to Perumal.
“I was on the bench at times, and telling players what to do, giving orders to the coach. It was that easy. There was no policing whatsoever.”
Officials were just as easy to target, he boasts, with “no barriers” when approaching select referees, while certain football associations would “welcome you with open arms,” he added.
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