Footballer turned up late to training claiming he had been ‘abducted by aliens’

We’ve all been there.

Whether it is because the traffic was as compact as an Italian defence, or the alarm clock was as quiet as a home crowd losing 3-0, everybody has found themselves running late for work.

Our morals and imaginations wrestle with each other, leaving oneself pondering whether to do the right thing and straight up admit they were late because of sloppiness, or formulate a believable excuse to justify their claim to the box.

Everybody has faced this dilemma at some point in their life, maybe they have some comical excuses of their own they talk about amongst friends.

However, former Argentinean footballer Guillermo Marino took this predicament one step further as he once claimed he was late for a training session with Universidad de Chile, because he had been abducted by aliens.

Marino told this out of this world excuse to then manager Jorge Sampaoli, according to former teammate Gustavo Lorenzetti.

"Guillermo is a friend who football gave me, like Mati Rodriguez," Lorenzetti told Lado B (cited by ESPN).

"Regarding this [story] that Guille wants me to tell, the truth is that I doubt [whether I should tell you] because he is going to receive calls from channels of other information and not from sports but I will explain it because he asked for it.

"He says that he arrived late to one training because he was abducted by aliens. He gave us the entire explanation of what he felt and the rest of it.”

The level of detail Marino went into in order to convince the former Argentina boss of the idea was extremely impressive.

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He had either been victim to a horrifying ordeal at the hands, or potentially tentacles, of an extra-terrestrial species, or he had a fantastically detailed imagination which would be of perfect use to the writers of Dr Who.

"There are cases where the player says: 'I left and I came back two days later because I was kidnapped by aliens.' But Guille is not that kind of player. Guille was a very proper guy. Everyone knows Guille Marino,” said Lorenzetti.

"He started to explain that he was suddenly lost and abducted by aliens. He explained that they take out your soul, analyse it and all the while on the journey they are looking after you. He said something like that.

"Honestly, I believe in aliens. He gave a great explanation, and we will have to believe him. I don't know other types of channels will have to call him so he can tell it better. But in any case: he was abducted by aliens.”

Marino’s career did not take him to galaxies further than South America, but he did enjoy a successful nine years playing where he featured for Boca Juniors, Mexican side Tigres UANL, Universidad de Chile, Boca Unidos, before retiring at Argentinean side Rafaela.

When pushed as to whether he believed Marino’s brush with those beyond our planet, Lorenzetti said he has kept an open mind.

"I don't know if Guille would have told [Sampaoli] the same story, honestly. They must have had a chat afterwards to explain it to him," he added. "But knowing Guille, I think he must have believed him.

"What can you say? This is worthy of the Discovery [Channel] or some of those channels."

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