LifeBogger presents the Full Story of an Ex-Arsenal Legend who is best known by the Nickname; “Fearless”.
Our Emmanuel Eboue Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his life story before fame, family life, and divorce controversies.
Yes, everyone knows about his good-old-days with Arsene Wenger‘s Arsenal FC.
However, not many fans have read a detailed version of Emmanuel Eboue’s Biography, which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s Begin.
Emmanuel Eboue Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
For his Biography starters, The name Emmanuel Eboue will not be quickly forgotten, especially with Arsenal faithful as he was in the team that represented the club at the biggest stage of club football.
Emmanuel Eboue, ‘The Fearless’ was born on the 4th of June 1983 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He was raised by his grandfather, the late Amadou Bertin, who died of cancer in 2017.
Eboue grew up with his brother N’Dri Serge, who was killed in a motorbike accident in 2017.
Eboué began his football career in the ASEC Mimosas youth academy. It was an Ivorian club that produced the likes of Kolo Touré, Didier Zokora, Aruna Dindane and Gervinho. This set of stars led their team to 108 unbeaten runs.
In 2002, Eboué moved to ASEC’s Belgian parent club KSK Beveren, who, between 2001 and 2006, had a cooperation agreement with the English Premier League club Arsenal.
Both Kolo Toure and Eboue were beneficiaries of this cooperation agreement.
His impressive performances in Belgium caught the eye of Arsenal’s scouts, thus initiating a transfer for the Ivorian. The rest, as they say, is now history.
Emmanuel Eboue Wife and Children:
The Ex-Arsenal footballer fell in love with a Belgian lady named Aurélie – while in the Gunners. He had three children with his Belgian wife Aurélie, whom he married before joining Arsenal.
In December 2017, Eboué told the Sunday Mirror that he is poor and homeless because of his divorce and bad investments that were under his former wife’s control. Below is a photo of Eboue and Aurelie when the going was good.
Emmanuel Eboue Biography – The Heartbreaking Story:
However, the sophisticated, flashy lifestyle saw him loosely registering all his properties to his wife’s name. The Ivorian earned millions during his seven years in England’s top-flight and then more than £1.5million a year at the Turkish side Galatasaray.
Unfortunately, he lost a divorce battle to his wife, Aurelie, who stripped him of all the assets he had used his hard-earned monies to purchase.
As of December 2017, Emmanuel Eboue now runs around hiding from cops and bailiffs after being ordered by a judge to transfer his remaining Enfield home to his wife. This was the only asset he had left.
Recently, the Arsenal defender and Ivorian player, Emmanuel Eboue revealed how going broke has led him to the brink of suicide.
The Suicide attempt came after he saw himself sleeping on his friend’s floor and washing his clothes by hand.
In an exclusive interview with Mirror, Eboue says, “I want God to help me. Only he can help take these thoughts from my mind.”
The worst of all is that; Eboue, at the time of writing, is not able to play football because of ill health. Indeed, he has been pushed to the brink.
Eboue is also faced with a heartbreaking estrangement from his three kids, who he has not seen since June 2017.
This is a time he is also grieving the death of two important persons in his life.
The cancer death of grandfather Amadou Bertin who raised him. and also, the loss of his brother N’Dri Serge, who was killed in a motorbike accident in 2017.
Emmanuel Eboue Biography Facts – The Lamentation:
Extremely worried, Eboue, who has all his life belongings in his bags, said…
“I can’t afford the money to continue to have any lawyer or barrister. 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.
I put everything behind the door of my own house, which I suffered to buy. Again, I am not going to sell my clothes or sell what I have. I will fight until the end because it is not fair.”
Eboue has been left without so much as a washing machine. But he won’t be beaten, saying: “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, and everything as a young man.”
Having surrendered the cars among assets transferred to his wife, Eboue now has an Oyster card and relies on London transport – while doing his best to avoid being recognised.
It is now three weeks since the time of writing, since a deadline passed for Eboue to surrender ownership of the North London home he used to share with Aurelie.
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 Aurelie has now put on the market. Eboue understands she is probably going to sell his Enfield property.
The Agony of Not Seeing his Children:
The Ivorian has not seen his children in months. In his words…
“I can’t see them and it is hurting me a lot,” he said. “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.”
The agony of Being Banned By FIFA:
His dream of a Premier League return with Sunderland evaporated in 2016. Worst off, he was hit with a 12-month ban by FIFA after a dispute with a former agent overpaying him his wages.
Eboue says he was never given guidance to manage his football finances. Insisting his wife looked after most of their affairs, he admits being “naive” with money.
He also claims he was beset by a string of people who gave him bad advice and made him lose large sums of money.
In his words…“The problems with FIFA were because of people advising me. People who are supposed to care.
But it was because of them I lost monies and couldn’t afford to pay my agent. That is why FIFA banned me.”
Emmanuel Eboue Biography – How Being an Illiterate cost him his wealth:
With a limited education, Eboue paid the price for being unaware of his financial situation. His handful of visits to the bank was with Aurelie. It was his wife, Aurelie, that does banking for him.
Eboue even recalls an occasion when bank staff visited him – to sign paperwork – at Arsenal’s training ground. By trusting his ex-wife, she signs everything given to him.
Recently he said: “I look back and say ‘Emmanuel, you have been naive… why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard.
“Very, very 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 told me to sign, I signed.
Not Learning from the Mistakes of Thierry Henry:
Eboue once added: “When I see Thierry I feel happy for him but ashamed of my own situation.”
It is pertinent to note that Henry’s wife Claire Merry once filed for an £8m divorce settlement which she went her way. This painful divorce happened after Theirry Henry was just transferred to FC Barcelona.
According to Henry, “A divorce is never easy, even more so with a daughter in the middle”. He has long recovered from the divorce.
Compared to Eboue, everything doesn’t seem to be working in his way. He has lost his divorce case, his children and his career.
In his words…“When I see friends on TV that I played with or against, I say to myself, ‘I should still be there. It’s hard to watch them.”
Emmanuel Eboue Facts – The Hope:
Despite going through all these pains, Eboue still has an iota of hope left in him. In his words…
“I continue to thank God. I have my life. Again, I didn’t want what has happened. I don’t wish it on anybody.”
While Eboue wants to return to playing one day, he would jump at the chance of working with former club Arsenal or the players’ union the PFA.
He also said…: “I would accept help from anywhere but if my previous club wants to help me then I would be very, very happy. Maybe I could help the young players?”.
The PFA once helped me when he had problems with my agent. He continued…“Maybe I’d see some of the people I played with or against, and I’d feel embarrassed. But I would cope.”
Today, Eboue wants all African footballers to learn from his mistakes.
Eboue has the following attribute to his personality.
Emmanuel Eboue’s Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, able to learn quickly and exchange ideas
Eboue’s Weaknesses: Naive, Nervous, inconsistent and indecisive
What Emmanuel Eboue likes: Music, chats with nearly anyone and short trips around the town.
Emmanuel Eboue dislikes: Being alone, being confined, repetition, and routine.
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