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5 Famous Footballers Who Went Bankrupt After Retirement

Football brings with it a lot of fame and money. While the ordinary footballer dresses up and drives the most flashy cars, a happy life after retirement is not always guaranteed.

Some football stars lose everything due to addiction or divorce after making a fortune during their professional careers.

Following is a list of retired football players who have lost their fortunes:

Emmanuel Eboue

In a career that saw him play in England and Turkey, former Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Eboue had everything going for him.

He was left bankrupt after a couple of disastrous investments and a legal battle with his estranged wife.

The ex-Arsenal defender now spends his days avoiding bailiffs, revealing that he sometimes sleeps on a friend’s floor, takes the bus, and even washes his clothing by hand because he doesn’t have a washing machine.

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Eric Djemba-Djemba

Djemba-Djemba was declared bankrupt four years after transferring to Aston Villa, where he played with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs.

To raise cash, the Cameroonian midfielder spent time at St Mirren and in the Indian Super League, before quitting after playing in front of only 88 people in Switzerland’s fifth division.

Djemba-Djemba rose to prominence after scoring the game-winning goal that qualified South Africa for the 1998 World Cup in France.

Royston Drenthe

Last year, the former Everton and Holland international was declared bankrupt.

The 33-year-old is currently playing for Racing Murcia in Spain, but has had some off-field issues.

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Drenthe previously admitted to losing £3.2 million from what appeared to be a promising football career.

Lee Hendrie

Former England player Hendrie filed for bankruptcy due to depression and a gambling addiction.

Despite earning more than £30,000 a week during his time at Aston Villa, the former midfielder was declared bankrupt in January 2012 due to mounting debts and repossessions.

Hendrie later revealed that after going bankrupt, he attempted suicide ‘five or six times,’ and now works as an advocate for mental health organization Young Minds.

In recent years, he has established himself as a renowned Sky Sports pundit and commentator.

Paul Merson

Paul Merson, a former Arsenal player, had a successful career at the club.

With the North London team, he won an FA Cup and a league title, but while earning a good wage at the time, he was virtually homeless due to alcohol and drug addiction.

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He spent more than £3 million as a result of his substance misuse problems.

According to Be Soccer, he was also embroiled in a tumultuous divorce that forced him to sell his West Midlands property in order to fund several of his difficulties.

Although he considered retiring last summer, the former midfielder has recovered and now works as a regular analyst for Sky Sports.

He once considered breaking his fingers to prevent him from calling the bookies.

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