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I’m Still Struggling With Depression : Former Arsenal Defender Emmanuel Eboue Admits

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Former Ivory Coast and Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue have admitted that his struggles with mental health still continues.

The 36-year-old opened up on French television about his battle with depression and admitted he had even considered suicide. In an emotional interview, he revealed his problems started when he was suspended by FIFA from all football-related activity for one year.

The ban which was given as a result of failing to pay money owed to a former agent led to the termination of his short-term contract at the Premier League side Sunderland in March 2016. Without a professional club and shattered financially after a bitter and acrimonious divorce case, he admits he had suicidal thoughts.

“Sometimes I would lock myself in my room for three or four days. Just thinking and asking what’s left. Even today, I still take antidepressants to help me because it is still a long road for me. But here I am hoping others would learn from this” Eboue told RMC Sport’s Le Vestiaire (The Locker Room) in France.

“Being away from a competitive football pitch for a year was heartbreaking. I had to train by myself, and I was really ashamed because people looked at me differently. Some would say ‘look it’s Eboue, a Uefa Champions League finalist with Arsenal in 2006’, to them it was surprising or shocking.

“Personally, I prefer to train in the morning, but there were people who were training at that time. They’d come to take a picture and post it all over [social media]. So I left to train at night.”

As things got worse he began to lie to his family. “I couldn’t train during the day and too embarrassed to stay at home. My children always asked me when I was going to return to the field, so whenever I stepped out in the morning, I pretended to go to work.

“Unbeknown to my children I was staying outside and returning home when they were already in bed. I didn’t want them to ask me why they didn’t see me play on television.”

After a time away from the media spotlight, to focus on his recovery, Eboue has recently been more willing to be seen in public. As well his appearance on French TV he played for an Arsenal’s Legends side against a Real Madrid Legends team last year.

Eboue, who is now retired from football, scored three goals in 79 appearances for Ivory Coast including at two World Cups (2006 and 2010) and five Africa Cup of Nations. At club level, he spent eight seasons at Arsenal after arriving from Belgian side Beveren in 2004, before moving to Turkey in 2011, where he won three Turkish Super Lig titles and five domestic trophies with Galatasaray.

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I Deserve More Ballon D’Or Awards Than Messi : Ronaldo

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Portugese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo who has a world’s best player (Ballon d’Or) awards tie with Lionel Messi, has stated that he deserves more awards than the Argentinian player.

Ronaldo expressed how eager he was to finish with at least one more trophy than Messi as he sat for an interview with Piers Morgan on Britain’s ITV on Tuesday, September 17.

“I would love [more], and I think I deserve it,” the Juventus forward told ITV’s Piers Morgan in an interview.

The 34-year-old said, “Messi’s in the history of football – but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him,” hinting that retirement is not in his plans anytime soon.

The superstar footballer also said he considers himself the best footballer in the world even if football fans think otherwise.

“I’m sure I’m in the history of football for what I have done and what I’m continuing to do, but one of the best players in history,” the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said.

“For me, the number one in history, but for some fans, if the number one is another one and I’m second, it doesn’t matter. I know I’m in the history of football as one of the greatest ever,” he added.

He reiterated that he’s not friends with Messi but added that they have a good relationship.

“My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years. I have a good relationship with him and I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well,” Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo has been locked in a head-to-head battle with the Argentinian maestro for more than a decade. They currently find themselves tied with five Ballon d’Ors each.

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School Fire Kills At Least 26 Children And Two Teachers In Liberia

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At least 26 children and two teachers have been killed after a fire broke out at a Koranic boarding school near the Liberian capital Monrovia on Tuesday night, the president’s office said on Wednesday, September 18.

Emergency services had told President George Weah 28 people had died, his spokesman Solo Kelgbeh told AFP, as the president visited the site in Paynesville, on the outskirts of the capital.

“The kids were learning the Koran when the fire broke out,” police spokesman Moses Carter said. “The cause is not known yet.”

Confirming the sad news on Twitter, President George Weah wrote: ‘My prayers go out to the families of the children that died last night in Paynesville City; as a result of a deadly fire that engulfed their school building. This is a tough time for the families of the victims and all of Liberia. Deepest condolences go out to the bereaved

Families and the entire Islamic Community. May God strengthen them and give them the courage to persevere. Let’s continue to keep the families in our prayers.’

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Cristiano Ronaldo Is Searching For A Woman Called ‘Edna’ And Two Others Who Gave Him Burgers When He Was A Poor Kid

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Superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is searching for a mystery woman named ‘Edna’ and two other staff of McDonald’s, who gave him burgers when he was a poor kid in Portugal. 

The 34-year-old Juventus striker disclosed this during his in-depth interview with Piers Morgan on ITV.

The former Real Madrid star said he used to beg for burgers from three  McDonald’s staff on the island of Madeira when he was a poor kid.

Ronaldo, who is now rated among the five richest footballers in the world is hoping to track down the women who helped him during his time of need.

“We were a little hungry. We have a McDonald’s next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked if they had any burgers,” he said on ITV.

“There was always Edna and two other girls. I never found them again.”

The McDonalds restaurant is now closed but Ronaldo wants to find Edna so he can “give something back” following her selfless gesture to him.

“I asked people in Portugal, they closed the McDonalds, but if this interview can help find them, I would be so happy,” he added.

“I want to invite them to Turin or Lisbon to come to have dinner with me because I want to give something back.”

See his full quote below.

Cristiano Ronaldo is searching for a woman called ?Edna? and two others who gave him burgers when he was a poor kid?

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