Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Eboue is living in penury, after a bitter divorce and poor financial decisions left him in the lurch.
Eboue, 34, played for Arsenal for 7 years between 2004 and 2011, earning as much as 5 million pounds monthly at the peak of his career. He also made $1.5 million playing for Turkish giants, Galatasaray.
Financial mismanagement, as well his bitter divorce from ex wife Aurelie, now see Eboue squatting with a friend as he struggles to make ends meet. It’s so bad, he’s actually considered suicide.
Aurelie was awarded all the couple’s assets, as well as the couple’s 3 kids: Clara, 14, Maeva, 12, and Mathis, 9.
To top it off, he recently lost his grandfather Amadou Bertin, and brother N’Dri Serge.
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror he said: “I want God to help me. Only he can help take these [suicidal] thoughts from my mind. It hurts me a lot [not to see his children]. They used to call me. But now, no contact. It pains me to be alone without them.”
He’s also been asked by a judge to submit his Enfield mansion to Aurelie, though he plans to fight for it.
He added: “I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come. Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.
“My own house. I suffered to buy my house but I am now scared. I am not going to sell my clothes or sell what I have. I will fight until the end because it is not fair.”
The Arsenal cult hero now sleeps on a friend’s floor, washes his clothes by hand because he can’t afford a washing machine and can just about find the money for an Oyster card – despite once having a bank-busting balance in the black.