In real life, after a couple of promising seasons at Dinamo Minsk and 2 international caps (1 goal), Maritimo took an interest and invited him for a trial. Sadly in one of those training sessions, he suffered a very serious injury and was forced to return home. He made efforts to carry on playing, but the pain was too much. He retired 3 years later, aged 26.
Nowadays the ex-Belarusian international is struggling to get by with his family.
Here are some of his quotes from a recent interview (earlier this June).
Nobody informed me about the game, because nobody knew the game in my country back in the day.
I firstly learned about how good I was at the game, when a Russian journalist told me so, and I was really shocked.
I didn't know the game existed, so I just laughed. Later on, I realized that I could gain much money off it, but it was really late.
When I was 23, I had a serious injury, and I had to retire from football at the age of 26.
Then I started working as a construction builder for 5$ per day, and later for 20$ per day. I was really tired of struggling. My back and my legs couldn't withstand such a heavy job and I had serious health problems.
When I retired from football, nobody offered me a job. Nobody called me. I have 2 kids, and the only thing I want, is to have a job, so I can stand up, and be a good father.
Please inform the people that I really need your help.
Quotes were translated from Greek by Nikos Bovolos.
He has taken the initiative of starting a petition in order to help Maksim find a job at Sports Interactive if possible.
- You can sign the petition here.
- You could also tweet at Miles Jacobson (SI studio director) a link to this news article alongside your supportive comment.
[Full interview in Greek]