‘I moved to Besiktas and saw fans slit sheep’s throat and rub blood on faces’
After two years at Manchester United and just 20 Premier League appearances, it was time for Kleberson to find a new club – settling for Turkish outfit Besiktas.
However, his time in the Super Lig would not work out either after his contract was scrapped after just two years. The Brazilian insisted that the club failed to his wages while he has since opened up about his time at the Vodafone Park
And it is quite the tale as Kleberson spoke up about the passion the Turkish fans have while also detailing a moment where a sheep was sacrificed and its blood rubbed on people's faces.
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Kleberson exclusively told Ladbrokes: Fanzone: "When I arrived at the airport in Turkey ahead of my move to Besiktas… it was just insane; I'd never experienced anything like it. As soon as I walked out of the doors, I was hit with this roar from the supporters.
"Immediately I was swarmed, fans picked me up and carried me to my car, passing me over to each other while I'm in the air. I lost my bag, I lost my phone, I couldn't believe it!
"My father-in-law and my agent were with me, but they couldn't do anything! I eventually made it to the car which was waiting to pick me up, and even with the doors shut, I could still hear these supporters screaming my name.
"I looked at my father-in-law and my agent, I just said "guys, I've lost my cell phone, I've lost my bag… I don't know what to do!"
"We get to the hotel, but by that time, people had found out where I was staying, so they're standing outside the hotel and continued to cheer for me.
"I really liked it out in Turkey; the fans are crazy but they supported me a lot, and they're just so passionate. No matter what city you travelled to, you're surrounded by your fans at airports.
"I remember we had one huge game against Fenerbahce, and as we're leaving our training complex after a meeting, I walk over to the bus and take my seat. Then I saw a sheep in the middle of a crowd of people.
"What was happening?! The next thing I know, there's a guy holding the sheep's head up, and he slits its throat, then these guys just start rubbing the blood into their faces.
"I'm just looking around saying "what the heck is happening here?!" That's the culture out there, though; it's a ritual of theirs. My gosh, it was crazy."
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