Royston Drenthe: Former Real Madrid and Everton winger has 'no regrets'

Posted by poch1991 on September 11th, 2019

When Royston Drenthe answers the phone he's on his way to a photoshoot in Amsterdam. It's for an underwear company, and will feature several former footballers. "I don't even have a six-pack but they still want me," he laughs.

The former Feyenoord, Real Madrid and Everton winger has always been willing to try new things. For such a colourful character, who has explored interests in music, fashion, perfume and poker, nothing should come as a surprise.

At 32, Drenthe is playing for Kozakken Boys in the third tier of Dutch football. He was once perhaps the most sought-after prospect in Europe, if not the world, but his career didn't quite go to plan up until his brief retirement at the age of 29.

"The two years that I stopped I needed something new," says Drenthe. "I just had to step out for a bit to find myself again."

In the summer of 2007, Drenthe was hailed as the Netherlands' next superstar having led his country to success in the European Under-21s Championship, as well as claiming the award for the tournament's best player.

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