London, Feb.26 : Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne was spending 2,000 pounds a day feeding his cocaine habit before he was taken into hospital.
According to The Sun, Gazza was buying 35 lines of coke, the total of his favourite numbers 16 and 19. He would sort the drug into 35 strips but snort only the 16th and 19th - a slave to his obsessive compulsive disorder - and throw the rest away.
Gazza, 40, had worn 19 for England at the height of his fame during the Italia 90 World Cup. He was number 16 while at Italian club Lazio.
When taken into custody last week he was so addled he forgot two watches, one a gold Rolex with diamonds worth tens of thousands of pounds.olice found both hidden behind a ceiling tile in his room at the Hilton in Gateshead.
He had become paranoid and told officers the IRA and the "White House" were "after him".
Police may now examine Gazza's mobile phone and credit card records to identify who supplied the drugs.