Millionaire Nigerian players who went bankrupt

During their active years, they earned large sums of foreign currency in various denominations, that spanned many years from Europe to Asia but they most probably did not plan very well for life after their retirement forgetting that a football career could end almost as soon it started. They flew in private jets and rode the best cars at the heights of their careers and bought things without batting an eyelid. This list is not exhaustive though of some of the players are trying to regain their footing after some of their investments went bankrupt     

Celestine Babayaro

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The former Super Eagles star and most probably the best cultured left-back that has feature for Nigeria, played for some of the biggest clubs in both England and Belgium. He declared himself bankrupt at a court in Croydon in 2011. At a time in his career, Celestine, was amongst the highest paid African players in the world as he earned between £25,000 and $30,000 per week at Chelsea FC of England. He was reported to have lived an expensive lifestyle both in Nigeria and England. Stories aboved of how he blew thousands of pounds in buying exotic items and also partied hard with friends. Celestine’s financial troubles became apparent to his neighbours, with one saying that his usually beautifully kept house began to look a bit unkempt, with the garden overgrowing and the conservatory falling down.” He was part of the Nigeria’s Dream Team 1 that won the Atlanta Olympics soccer gold medal in 1996. The Former Chelsea and Newcastle full-back, in spite of earning £25,000 during the peak of his career, was declared bankrupt by a court in Croydon in 2010, after being charged by creditors. A final confirmation of his insolvency was made known in 2011.

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Fast rising actress, Ruth Eze narrates her unplesant encounter with lesbians, most especially, those resident in Abuja.This is coming on the heels of her recent ordeal in the hands of some Abuja-based big babes who mistook her for a lesbian.
Eze relays her ordeal to The Sun:
“Last weekend, I went to Abuja for a movie production, I didn’t know how some ladies got to know I was in town. The ugly drama started inside the hotel where I was lodged. They came in disguise as colleagues based in Abuja. At first, I didn’t know they had ulterior motives, so I welcomed them with open arms. Suddenly, they started saying some erotic things to me; I ignored them and kept pressing my phone.”       

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Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion

Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao arrived in Australia ahead of his title fight with Jeff Horn and declared: “I will be going home as world champion.”

The “Pac Man” touched down in Brisbane late Saturday from Manila with a large entourage for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout at Suncorp Stadium next weekend.

“In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight,” he told reporters at the airport.

“My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion.”

Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is a clear favourite against Horn, although the Filipino great has not stopped an opponent since his 12th round TKO of Miguel Cotto in 2009.


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Lyon confirm “Arsenal are ready to pay” for Lacazette

Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has revealed that “Arsenal are ready to pay” for Alexandre Lacazette.

Gunners’ boss, Arsene Wenger, is believed to be ready to make the 26-year-old their record signing this summer.

Aulas also said Arsenal are willing to do business, having spoken with Arsene Wenger and former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier.

He told L’Equipe: “I do not intend to sell Alexandre quickly, because there is always the option of Atletico Madrid to signing him on January 1, 2018. I also listen to what Alexandre says.                             Continue reading

How Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi made it to the top

How Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi made it to the top

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi signed for Liverpool F.C. for a fee of around £400,000 in 2015 – He was part of the Nigerian Under 17 side that won the 2013 FIFA World Cup – Awoniyi did not play for any Professional Football League side in Nigeria before moving to Europe The dreams of Nigerian and Liverpool FC youngster Taiwo Awoniyi was for him to play at the highest level of his career, but he never knew that making it to the top would be hard for him. Born on August 12, 1997 in Ilorin, Kwara state, Awoniyi attended Adetunji primary school before proceeding to the Government Day where he completed his secondary school education. Prior to the completion of his SSCE, he played for United Football Academy from where he advanced to the Imperial Soccer Academy owned by ex Super Eagles star Seyi Olofinjana.         Continue reading

Johnny Depp apologizes for his joke about assassinating President Trump

Johnny Depp has apologized for his joke about assassinating President Trump. In a statement he released on Friday, he said it was a bad joke and that he didn’t mean any harm by it. Adding that the joke he told Thursday to the Glastonbury Festival crowd was in poor taste. The statement partially read:

“It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice”. “I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.” Depp had joked, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Manson follower, longest-serving female inmate, seeks parole

A parole hearing resumed Thursday for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel — a follower of cult leader Charles Manson — after officials investigated whether battered women’s syndrome affected her state of mind at the time of the murders nearly five decades ago.

Krenwinkel, 69, was previously denied parole 13 times for the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in Southern California.

The next night, she helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in what prosecutors say was an attempt by Manson to ignite a race war.

Commissioners postponed the latest parole hearing in December while officials investigated whether Krenwinkel suffered from battered women’s syndrome.

The hearing resumed Thursday at the California Institution for Women east of Los Angeles. A possible decision by the parole panel to release Krenwinkel could be blocked by Gov. Jerry Brown.                   Continue reading