The Manchester United midfielder Anderson was dragged unconscious from the burning wreckage of his car after a crash on Sunday morning that is now the centre of a police investigation in Portugal.
Anderson, signed for £18m three years ago, spent several hours in hospital after the accident on a rural road in the Geres area of Braga, with witnesses reporting he owed his life to being pulled “lifeless” from the vehicle shortly before it exploded.
According to local reports, the 22-year-old Anderson, increasingly becoming renowned for his partying lifestyle, had spent the night at the Sardinha Biba nightclub before leaving in a £125,000 Audi R8. The crash occurred at 7am when the high-powered car came off the road and hit the wall of a farm before flying into a field.
Although the French-registered car was a two-seater, Anderson had two companions - a friend, whose name was given only as Victor, and a young Brazilian woman, whose details have not been released. It is unclear who was driving but there were unconfirmed allegations it could lead to a drink-driving charge and a possible offence of allegedly having excess passengers.
Manchester United were unavailable for comment tonight.