Ex-Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, during an illustrious seven-year career in the Premier League earned millions of pounds in wages, lived in a mansion and drove flashy cars.
But today, he spends his days hiding from bailiffs, sometimes sleeps on the floor of a friend’s home, travels by bus and even cleans his clothes by hand because he has no washing machine. The 34-year-old tells how his staggering riches-to-rags plight has pushed him to the brink of suicide.
In exclusive interview with Mirror, Eboue says, “I want God to help me. Only he can help take these thoughts from my mind.”
Eboue, currently unable to play football because of ill-health, says he has been pushed to the brink. He has lost a bitter divorce battle, with his wife Aurelie awarded all of their assets. He had to hide from cops and bailiffs after being ordered by a judge to transfer his remaining Enfield home to his wife. He’s faced a heartbreaking estrangement from his three kids, who he has not seen since June and has been grieving after the cancer death of grandfather Amadou Bertin who raised him and the loss of his brother N’Dri Serge, killed in a motorbike accident.
The worried star said: “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. 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.”