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Learn from my mistakes – Ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Eboue cautions African players

Former Arsenal defender, Emmanuel Eboue has opened up about his life story to serve as a lesson for other African players.

Emmanuel Eboue’s story is akin to the adage, “Grace to grass”, from a man hailed not only for his abilities on the pitch but his monetary achievements too.

At the peak of his career with Arsenal, he became a fans’ favourite. He was part of the side that faced Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final which Arsenal lost.

His playing career is highlighted by the trophy he won at the National level when he helped Ivory Coast reach the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final. That joy, however, has been replaced by tears – and a deep fear of the future.

The former defender received millions of pounds in wages, lived in a mansion and drove flashy cars during his 7-year stay in England with Arsenal

The narrative of the once-hailed defender has changed as 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.

At 34 years, Emmanuel Eboue tells how his downfall has pushed him to the brink of suicide in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

“I want God to help me,” he says. “Only he can help take these thoughts from my mind.”

The former Arsenal Defender openly and honestly in a bid to encourage others going through the same ordeal opened up to the Sunday Mirror

Eboue, currently unable to play football because of ill-health, disclosed during the interview that he has been pushed to the brink. He has:

*Lost a bitter divorce battle, with his wife Aurelie awarded all of their assets.

*Had to hide from cops and bailiffs after being ordered by a judge to transfer his remaining Enfield home to his wife.

*Faced a heartbreaking estrangement from his three kids, who he has not seen since June.

*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.

Not even his dream of a Premier League return is in sight as the hope he had of returning to PL with Sunderland was dashed last year after he was hit with a 12-month ban by FIFA after a dispute with a former agent.

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