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Five players who became broke after retiring from football. No.1 almost committed Suicide



Professional football is a highly rewarding sport, especially when it's being played in continents like Europe, America or Asia. Many individuals have made quite a fortune for themselves as professional footballers. But the major problem lies whenever they stop playing football professionally. That's why many footballers try to invest their hard earned money in profitable ventures to keep their streams of income flowing.

On the other hand, we have had players who made a lot of money from football during their playing days but due to mismanagement of funds, bad investments or unforeseen circumstances they lost all and became broke.

In this article, we will look at 5 footballers who(at one point in their lives)became impoverished after losing their money.

NB: This article is only reviewing professional footballers who were broke at one point in their lives. It is not stating that they are presently broke.
Without further ado, let's dive in....

5.Brad Friedel

Friedel is an American professional soccer coach and also a retired goalkeeper. In 2011, the ex- Blackburn and Tottenham goalkeeper declared bankruptcy after an unsuccessful venture into a football Academy, partly due to its $50,000-a-year subscription.

4. Gbenga Okunowo

Gbenga okunowo is a Nigerian retired footballer who played majorly as a right-back. He played for football Club Barcelona between 1998-2001 and for so many other clubs across Europe. His career was plagued by numerous injuries and in 2012 he retired at the age of 34 with Sunshine stars of Akure being the last club he ever played for.

Sadly, in July 2012, Okunowo lost all his properties and possessions when an inferno broke out in his Ibadan Mansion. However, luck smiled on him after an online appeal alerted Football Club Barcelona of Gbenga's plight, which they obliged.

3. Ronaldinho

Arguably one of the finest and most popular footballers in history, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira a.k.a Ronaldinho used to be a household name in his playing days. The Brazilian former professional footballer is widely known for his skills and prowess with the ball.

Ronaldinho earned a lot of money during his playing days but sadly he squandered most of it on Mansions, women, parties, and other frivolous acts. A few years ago, the Brazillian Legend was said to be in a major financial crisis. He was owing a huge debt and was recently imprisoned in Paraguay after entering the country with a fake passport.


2. Drenthe

Royston Drenthe is a Dutch footballer who plays for Spanish Club Racing Murcia. The former Real Madrid player retired from the sport in 2016 to pursue a career in music under the name 'Roy2faces'. However, in December 2020, Drenthe was declared bankrupt at the age of 33 after losing about 3.2 million pounds partly due to a failed music career.

Recently, he came out of retirement and joined Spanish lower division side Racing Murcia.

1. Eboue

Eboue is an Ivorian professional footballer who played as a right-back for big clubs like Arsenal and the Turkish side, Galatasaray. However, 3 years ago Eboue revealed how broke he was and how he almost committed suicide.

The former Arsenal defender used to earn millions as an English Premier League player but he lost all his properties and was squatting with a friend. In an interview, he said he lost a divorce battle which resulted in him losing all his properties and possessions to his estranged wife.


" The money I earned, I sent it to my wife and children. In Turkey, I earned 8million euros and sent 7million euros back home. Whatever she told me to sign, I signed", Eboue said.

The divorce really affected Eboue as he crept into a state of depression and also contemplated suicide.


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