Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla was a cult hero during the nineties, combining dazzling performances with questionable off-the-field behaviour. 


In an interview with the Daily Mail, Asprilla, now 47, opened up about his party lifestyle during his time in Newcastle, and the use of having David Ginola as your neighbour.


"There were many beautiful women in Newcastle," he claimed.

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"Sometimes I tricked them by saying, 'there is a party back at my house and Ginola is there'. They'd come back and be like, 'where is Ginola?'. 'Ah don't worry,' I'd say, 'He'll be back shortly'."


Asprilla enjoyed mixed success at the Magpies, scoring only nine goals in 48 league matches, but notced nine goals in just 11 European games. 


His finest moment in the black and white of Newcastle came with a hat-trick in a famous 3-2 victory over Barcelona in 1997.

The Colombian striker's best moments were balanced against some off the field controversy, yet Asprilla took a blasé attitude towards the topic.


"We used to go out as a team all of the time and had an amazing spirit between us," he added.


"Kevin Keegan wasn't too happy about the parties though. I don't know why, we were having a good time!"

Asprilla's time on the Toon came to an end in 1998, as he returned to Parma in a £6m deal. During his return to the Italian club, Asprilla won the UEFA Cup, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 victory over Marseille.