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From Riches to Rags: Meet 4 Top African Footballers who Are now Broke (PHOTOS)

There are players in the modern game who own everything, and then there are those who once did.

The top African players who rose to fame before returning to the turf are listed below.

4. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan, a former Sunderland striker who earned $409,000 a week at Shanghai SIPG, oddly appears to have lost all of his money after a falling out with his family.

Once known to travel in a Rolls-Royce, the Ghanaian striker is said to have just $1000 in his bank account right now and is unable to support his family.

3. Eric Djemba

After playing a key role in Cameroon's victory in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, Eric Djemba-Djemba joined Manchester United in 2003.

His former agent alleged the midfielder, who cost Villa more than £1.5 million, was in such desperate financial problems at United that he depended on appearance and win bonuses to make ends meet.

"Eric is on another planet," declared his former agent. He is completely clueless about money. He had thirty various bank accounts at one time. He juggled several credits.

2.Baibaro, Celestine

Former Nigerian footballer Celestine Hycieth Babayaro played as a midfielder or a defender. Over the most of his career, Babayaro played in the Premier League, primarily for Chelsea from 1997 to 2005 and later for Newcastle United from 2005 to 2008.

A bankrupt status was declared for a former defender for Chelsea and Newcastle United in February 2011.

His career was prematurely ended by a failed transfer to the LA Galaxy and a case of malaria, and without the revenue he soon became unable to make payments.

1.Willem Vires 

Now that his football career is over, Celtic icon Willem Vries is a broken man in a difficult predicament.

As the club's gardener, Vries has joined the list of former soccer players who have little to show for their football careers other than memories.

The 54-year-old has continued to get his final wage of R4,500 for the past 16 years, and uses that money to maintain six children, four of whom are unemployed.

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