“I will Fight Until The End” Says Ex Arsenal Star

“I will Fight Until The End” Says Eboue, Embattled Ex Arsenal Star
Emmanuel Eboue, ex star of Arsenal football club of England whose current status in life exemplifies  a “riches-to-rags” plight, has vowed to “fight until the end”, regarding problems arising from his divorce from Aurelie, his wife.

He is currently defying a court order to surrender ownership of his house to his divorced wife. His divorce battle with Aurelie has been fraught with bitterness and has stripped him of all his valued assets.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Mirror Football, the ex Arsenal player who earned millions during his years in England and lived in a mansion, stated that he has been hiding from cops and bailiffs, after being ordered by a Judge to transfer his remaining England home to his wife.

Emmanuel Eboue and his wife and child, when the going was good. Photo Credit: Daily Mirror

He said “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.  My own house. I suffered to buy my house but I am now scared… they are not gonna take me out of my house.”

“Yes, it is my house. I took my own money to buy. They don’t know how I sufferred on the pitch to make my money to make my family happy, to have a house. And then today, because of divorce they gonna take everything. So what about me? I would fight until the end. It is not fair what is happening to me.”

Mirror Football reports that: “It is now three weeks since a deadline passed for Eboue to surrender ownership of North London home he used to share with Aurielle. A judge will sign the transfer if Eboue does not do so. The player and his wife lived there in happier times before Eboue bought a mansion – which Aurielie has now put on the market. He understands she will rent out the Enfield property. ”

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal and Emmanuel Eboue, in Arsenal’s training ground, during Eboue’s heydays. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Eboue earned millions of pounds in his time at Arsenal  and equally earned more than 1.5 million pounds a year, when he starred for Galatasaray of Turkey.

However, he told Mirror Football that he was never given guidance about how to manage his finances. He wants young African footballers to learn from his mistakes. In his words, “I look back and say ‘Emmanuel, you have been naïve… why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard. Very very hard. The money I earned, I sent 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. She is my wife….”

His divorce plight has been compounded by his inability to see his children since June. He said: “I can’t see them and it is hurting me a lot. I was close to my children and ready to do everything for them.”

“My two girls have a phone and used to call me. But now it has been two months with no contact. I miss children. I miss my children a lot and I want to see them because it is not fair. It pains me a lot.”

Eboue has surrendered his flashy cars and other assets to his wife. He does not have even a washing machine anymore.  He said: “Every day I wash my jeans, my clothes, everything. My hands are hard. As though I have been working on a farm.”

“I thank my grandmother because she taught me to wash, cook, clean, everything as a young man. I continue to thank God. I have my life. I didn’t want what has happened. I don’t wish it on anybody.”

Emmanuel Eboue was a key member of Ivory Coast’s national football team, the Elephants, and made 79 appearances for that team between 2004 and 2013. Unfortunately, ill-health is currently interrupting his illustrious football career. He told Mirror Football that he has been on the brink of suicide. He said:“I want God to help me. Only He can take these thoughts from my mind”.

This blog prays for him and for others in similar situations.

Cornelius Ellah
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