Former Real Madrid and Holland international, Royston Drenthe has been declared bankrupt by a court in Holland after losing an estimated £3.2m fortune following a failed move into rap music and acting.
A court in Breda handed down the bankruptcy order on Tuesday, December 1, with the winger not present at the hearing.
The 33-year-old said he’s hopeful the matter will be resolved, telling Voetbalzone that he ‘didn’t know exactly what is going on’ following the verdict.
‘I don’t know the ins and outs and I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but if this is what I think it is, it’s not that important,’ he told the website.
‘I’m always under a magnifying glass, but it will be resolved as it should.’
According to Mail Online, Drenthe previously stated that he last lost £3.2million earned from what looked like a promising football career.
He started his career in his homeland with Feyenoord, before a big-money move to Real Madrid following his displays at the Under-21 European Championships in 2007, where he was named the player of the tournament as the Dutch player lifted the trophy.
But Drenthe failed to find his feet in Spain, and after just 46 games in five years, including spells on loan at Hercules and Everton, he joined Alania Vladikavkaz.
Also appearing for Reading later in his career, Drenthe announced he had quit football in 2016 to pursue a career in music, and launched a career under the moniker Roya2Faces. He also attempted to break into acting, appearing in TV crime drama Mocro Maffia.
In 2018, he returned to football with Sparta Rotterdam in Holland and currently plays for Kozakken Boys in the Dutch third tier.