Former Arsenal Defender Emmanuel Eboue Reveals How Been Broke & Jobless Is Making Him Suicidal
Emmanuel Eboue is so broke he has to hand wash his clothes and often chooses not to watch Premier League on TV due to “shame” it makes him feel.
The former Arsenal defender has revealed his heartbreaking descent from millionaire footballer to pennyless pauper in an exclusive interview with the Mirror.
“When I see Thierry Henry on the TV I feel, well, for him I am happy but for me I am ashamed of my own situation.” he said.
“I was embarrassed when I compared myself to him. I played with him and even my friends that I played with or against, when I see them on the TV I happy for them but I say to myself: ‘I should still be there’.
“Players like Fabregas, Jamie Carragher. Even when I see Patrick Vieira in America. He is a coach there. It’s hard to watch them.”
Eboue says he has lost almost everything, just six years since leaving the Emirates. “I lost my club, my wife, my family, everything,” he said. “Now I’m skint. I don’t have a washing machine. I have to wash my jeans with my hands.
“One day I was at home and I took a shower. But the water was cold. I called my sister and said, ‘Why is the water cold in my house?’ She told me to check the gas card and it was zero. “It was the same with the electricity. I had no light and could not see.
“I didn’t have this kind of life before.” Eboue is devastated at spending Christmas apart from his kids, daughters Clara, 14, and Maeva, 12, and son Mathis, nine.
“One day I was at home and I took a shower. But the water was cold. I called my sister and said, ‘Why is the water cold in my house?’ She told me to check the gas card and itwas zero. “It was the same with the electricity. I had no light and could not see. “I didn’t have this kind of life before.”
At the height of his career at the Emirates he took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Turkish giants Galatasaray.
However, with his former wife Aurelie being awarded of all the couple’s assets, he has been forced to dodge police and bailiffs following a court order – insisting he hand over his home in Enfield to her. But Eboué’s delicate state was not helped by the deaths, in October, of his grandfather, Amadou Bertin, who raised him as a child, and brother, N’Dri Serge, one of his 12 siblings. Bertin had prostate cancer. Serge died tragically in a motorbike accident
His plans to return to the Premier League for one final payday with Sunderland last season faded after FIFA slapped him with a year’s ban following a dispute with a former advisor. The former Ivorian international who was rumored to have HIV is going through a suicidal phase.