Emmanuel Eboue has revealed how going broke led him to the brink of suicide.
The former Arsenal defender used to earn millions as a Premier League player but is now sleeping on his friend’s floor and hiding from bailiffs.
In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Eboue told of how he lost a divorce battle which resulted in his wife awarded possession of all the couple’s assets.
The 34-year-old Ivorian also said he now has no contact with his daughters Clara and Maeva, aged 14 and 12 respectively.
He said: “Every day I wash my jeans, my clothes, everything. My hands are hard. As though I have been working on a farm.
“Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.
“I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come.
“I look back and say ‘Emmanuel, you have been naive… why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard.
“The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children.
“In Turkey I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home. Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign.”
Eboue played for Arsenal for seven years before moving to Turkish side Galatasaray in 2011.
He has represented the Ivory Coast 79 times, scoring three goals in his international career and playing at the World Cup.