Former Arsenal and Galatasaray defender, Emmanuel Eboue has suffered a dip in fortunes and apparently sleeps on the floor of a friend’s house, according to reports.
In a sad interview with The Mirror, the defender revealed he was pushed to the brink of suicide.
The former Ivory Coast international made millions in Europe, but has now lost it all.
The right back, who is currently unable to play football because of ill-health, lost all his assets to his wife Aurelie after a divorce battle.
He was ordered by a judge to transfer his home to Aurelie, so the former Arsenal defender has since hidden from bailiffs for three weeks.
“I can’t afford the money to continue to have any lawyer or barrister. I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come.” Eboue told The Mirror.
“Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.”
Eboue spoke about being naive and has warned other young African footballers to learn from the mistakes he made:
“I look back and say ’Emmanuel, you have been naive… why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard. Very, very hard. The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children.” Eboue said.
“In Turkey I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home. Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign.
“She is my wife. The problems with FIFA were because of people advising me. People who are supposed to care. But it was because of them FIFA banned me.”