PALMEIRAS boss Abel Ferreira has revealed his wife has threatened to sell one of his beloved classic cars if he is fired.
The 43-year-old former Sporting Lisbon defender has already amassed a total of 32 yellow cards and five reds since he became manager of the Brazilian club in October 2020.
He last received his marching orders on September 18 during his side’s game against Santos.
In a podcast interview, Ferreira said: “I have a passion for classic cars.
“I bought one here and I will drive it and take it to Portugal. It’s a 1966 Mustang.”
But his childhood sweetheart Ana Xavier tries to protect him from the red card: “
“She hasn’t done it here yet, but she will. She has already warned me: ‘Every time you get a red card, I’ll sell a car.’ She did it in Portugal.
She studied with me before I became a professional footballer, when I was just a kid following a dream.
“She is the person who has helped me in my most difficult moments and who challenges my behavior the most. Sometimes she punishes me.”
Ferreira married Xavier 15 years ago after they started dating when he was just 18.
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The ex-Braga boss made headlines in March after revealing his bizarre take on a three-man defense in a book titled Cold Head, Warm Heart.
The book tells the stories of Ferreira and his staff since they joined Palmeiras.
In one chapter he says: “Building defense with three players is like making love. Sometimes in the kitchen, sometimes in the living room, sometimes in the bedroom, sometimes in the bathroom.
“But always with the same goal. Building our team.”
He also appeared to have dealt a blow to Chelsea after the Blues’ 2-1 win over Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final earlier this year.
He said, “Do you know why I’m sad sometimes?
“Do you know how many Englishmen started with the team? How many Brazilians played in my team? That’s food for thought for you.”
“Sometimes people don’t understand that we don’t see eye to eye.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6321567/palmeiras-ferreira-wife-cars-sent-off/ ‘She warned me’ – Palmeiras boss Ferreira admits his wife threatened to flog beloved classic cars if he was sent off