Following Emmanuel Eboue’s confession that he is broke and had thought of committing suicide, a Turkish club, Galatasaray, have extended a coaching job to him.
The former Arsenal defender revealed had a bitter divorce battle with his estranged Belgian wife Aurelie, which stripped him of all of his assets.
In a tell-all interview with Daily Mirror, the Ivorian national said he could no longer afford a lawyer and sometimes spent the night on a floor of a friend’s house, including using public transport.
According to Eboue, who got married at the age of 20, he went broke after his ex-wife won custody of their kids and controlled of all his assets by exploiting his poor education.
The Ivory Coast star, who won 79 caps and played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2011, took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Gala.
Eboue has now been offered a lifeline by his former club as an assistant coach of Galatasaray’s under-14.
Speaking on his appointment, Gala head coach, Fatish Terim, told CNN Turk that he would give the former Ivory Coast full-back the role of under-14 assistant coach at the club.
Terim said: ‘We heard news about Eboue in the dressing room, I was informed there. We will do whatever we can to help my friend.’