During their active careers, many footballers both local and international, amassed lots of wealth using their footballing skills on the field.
However, some of these footballers failed to manage their finances and they are currently broke after hanging their boots.
Their story is sad but up and coming footballers will learn a lot from that.
Briefly.co.za, take a look at the top 5 African footballers who went broke after retirement:
1. Emmanuel Eboue
Football lovers were thrown into complete pity for former Arsenal fullback Emmanuel Eboue, when news of him being broke was published by top British media. No one wanted to believe the sad story until Eboue himself gave an interview to The Mirror explaining in person how his divorce with his Belgian wife, Aurélie and also a couple of bad business investments led to him being broke.
2. Wilson Oruma
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Wilson Oruma, is now said to be in a state of mental disorder six years after he was reportedly defrauded by a clergyman. Oruma was one of the Nigerian football stars who made millions in the round leather game, but he was reported to have been duped by a clergyman and some fake oil businessmen.
3. Eric Djemba Djemba
The Cameroonian that played for Manchester United had problems with how he handled money, and for this reason he ran into numerous debts to the extent that his entire £75,000 monthly pay was used in serving his debt by his agent and he was forced to live on just bonus and extra allowances.
4. Thembinkosi Fanteni
Thembinkosi "Terror" Fanteni is a South African football striker; he loved the lavish life, he purchased all the high priced products from international brands. He also splurged his money on women and cars. Fanteni must have felt like he was dreaming all along when he realised that his bank balance was becoming imbalanced. He was part of the South African squad at the 2008 African Nations Cup and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
5. Jabu Mahlangu
Yen.com.gh reports that now ex-Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue 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. Today, the 34-year-old tells how his staggering riches-to-rags plight has pushed him to the brink of suicide.
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