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Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

ROYSTON Drenthe is bankrupt following a career that promised so much when he signed for Real Madrid in 2007.

The former Dutch international, who had a stint at Everton in 2011, was last seen playing for amateur side Kozakken Boys in the Dutch third tier in 2019.

Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe has been declared bankrupt

Drenthe took up rapping and went under the name ‘Roya2Faces’

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe was last seen playing for Sparta Rotterdam in 2019

Now 33, his life is at a crossroads as it has been revealed he has squandered his £3.2million fortune.

Drenthe told Voetbalzone that he “didn’t know exactly what is going on”.

He also added: “I am always under a magnifying glass, but it will be resolved as it should.”

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Once a lightning quick, tricky winger, Drenthe hit the headlines in 2017 when word spread around Europe that he’d hung up his boots and instead decided to pick up a mic and launch himself as a rapper.

Drenthe, who goes by the moniker Roya2Faces, recorded an EP and released it to the world.

However, it seems that career choice, lead by his passion for music, has failed to pay the bills.

Yet it looked like he was on course to emulate flying Dutch wingers of the past when he came through at Feyenoord, and should still be with a professional club today.

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe briefly quit football after he grew tired of going unpaid at clubs

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe completed an EP and hopes to one day release an album

STAR PLAYER

Named player of the tournament at the 2007 U21 Euros, where the Netherlands beat England to win the competition, big things were expected of Drenthe.

He moved from boyhood club Feyenoord to Real Madrid that same year for £12m, but after initial success was sent on several loan spells.

At Spanish club Hercules things were going brilliantly until they stopped paying him, while he started superbly at Everton until falling foul of David Moyes for (supposed) partying and tardiness.

Drenthe then moved to Russia but didn’t settle.

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Reading was his next stop – but he was out of the team after the chairman who brought him in sold up and he struggled to have any impact at Sheffield Wednesday.

Breaking point and the shock decision to retire came after spells in Turkey and Abu Dhabi which saw him go unpaid.

He briefly returned with Sparta Rotterdam in 2018, but was discarded after a season helped the club gain promotion to the Eredivisie – the top tier of Dutch football.

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

In 2007 Drenthe had the world at his feet after signing for Real Madrid for £12m

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe grew up in Rotterdam and still spends most of his time in the city

“The situation was repeating and repeating,” he told SunSport in 2018

“No matter which country I was, which city, it didn’t change.

“I was like ‘I’m leaving, I don’t want your money no more, I’m going’.

“Then it would happen again. So after, I was just like ‘f*** it.’”

GROWING UP IN PENDRECHT

Drenthe grew up in Rotterdam and has a music studio in an upstairs room of a small office building on a housing estate Pendrecht – one of the tougher neighbourhoods in Rotterdam.

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He has always kept a home in the city, despite his nomadic football career, the place where his father was murdered – shot before being run over – by two rival drug dealer brothers in a turf war in August 1990.

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe has always loved hip hop since a young age

His life story, and more on his upbringing were told in an official biography called ‘Royston’ that was released in 2017.

What comes up in his book, repeatedly, is his passion for hip hop as well as his troubled childhood.

LOVE FOR HIP HOP

Royston collaborated with Dutch rapper U-Niq while still playing and appeared on radio with Ryan Babel when the pair were at Everton and Liverpool.

Drenthe said: “[As kids] we were always rapping on the streets.

“It got serious when I was 18. I was always chilling [with rappers] and they taught me how to write lyrics.

“U-Niq, a big rapper in Holland, taught me to write lyrics by myself.

“Music is a part of my life… when I’m in a car and there is 10 or 15 minutes with no music I always start to think ‘what is missing’.

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“Before a game I had to listen to something, it was very important for me.

“Without music it was difficult to go [and play].”

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe says his music has ‘a message’, it’s not about fast cars and big houses

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe’s studio is in a small office in Pendrecht, one of Rotterdam’s tougher neighbourhoods

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe plans to continue making music for the rest of his life, although was recently declared bankrupt

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe played alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo with Real Madrid

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

The Dutchman had a great start to life at Everton before eventually falling out with David Moyes

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe uses the name ‘Roya2Faces’ because everyone has a dark side

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

The rapper does not want to use his famous name to help elevate his music career

TROLLED ON SOCIAL

Despite his obvious dedication to his craft, Drenthe attracted plenty of hatred on social media – for both his music and football career.

He admitted sometimes he even puts out content to purposefully wind up his trolls, who will now have more ammunition with reports he’s skint.

“It doesn’t affect me and I think that bothers a lot of people,” he said.

“Sometimes I just want to trigger them. I think ‘OK, you want to play big boy behind your phone or computer then let’s battle then’.”

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe is tired of dealing with trolls on social media

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Although Drenthe admitted baiting some people and purposefully winding them up on social media

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe is philosophical about how his career panned out

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe continually trains and posts regular videos of his routines

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Some fans wonder if Drenthe will ever return to professional football

AMATEUR HOUR

A career in amateur football isn’t what Drenthe had planned for his later years in the game.

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But training and playing with pals was important to the wideman.

“It’s a good thing. Every Sunday we play, Thursday we train,” he said in 2018.

“If it’s good weather we come. If it’s bad weather we stay home!

“Sometimes we don’t have enough guys.”

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

The former Dutch international now plays amateur football with friends

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe was named player of the tournament as the Netherlands beat England to win the U21 Euros in 2007

, Former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe quit football to launch a rap career, but is now bankrupt

Drenthe says he is a different person now to the one that was branded a party boy during his football career

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