During his exercise time in the yard, Molokoedov gained quite a following when the other prisoners discovered that he was a much more talented athlete than he was a Hardy Boys antagonist. Other inmates even began trading amenities like deodorant, soap, and get-out-of-sodomy-free cards for a few paltry minutes of soccer training from Molokoedov. When word of his skills reached former Chilean national team player Franklin Lobos, he took a trip to the Santiago Penitentiary to see what all the hubbub was about. Lobos was so impressed with Molokoedov that he recommended him to the coach of the Santiago Morning, a Chilean professional team.
Maxim Molokoedov/Santiago Times
"Next to smuggling cocaine, soccer is my greatest passion."
Unlike most uptight nations, Chile didn't let a petty thing like being in the middle of a prison sentence stop the promising career of a young athlete. Accompanied by armed guards, Molokoedov played for the Morning during each of their home games -- he wasn't allowed at away games. Prison officials probably didn't want "plane tickets and fancy hotel rooms for drug smugglers" showing up on taxpayers' invoice. Molokoedov even passed up an opportunity to return to his native Russia, opting to stay in prison for another year just to keep playing for his beloved team. Either that man is the very definition of sportsmanship, or freedom in Russia is way worse than prison in Chile.