Former Arsenal FC defender, Emmanuel Eboue, has revealed that he’s been considering suicide since he became broke.
Eboue once played in a Champions League final, earned millions in a seven-year Premier League career, slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars.
He played for Arsene Wenger’s side between 2004 and 2011.
At the height of his career at the Emirates, he took home a seven-digit sum every year, 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 hands over his home in Enfield to her.
Eboue has not being able to see his nine-year-old son Mathis and two daughters Clara, 14, and Maeva, and has been grieving since his late grandfather, Amadou Bertin, who brought him up, died after a brave battle against cancer.
He also lost his brother, N’Dri Serge, who died in a motorbike crash.
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, Eboue 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.”
A deadline for Eboue to surrender ownership of the mansion he once shared with Aurelie passed earlier this month, meaning a judge will sign the transfer if Eboue doesn’t.
The Mirror also reported his former wife will rent out the Enfield property, but he says he lacks the funds for a barrister or lawyer to help fight his cause.
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.”
Despite his troubles, he thanks God, adding: “I didn’t want what has happened. I don’t wish it on anybody.”