Hearts of Oak legend Amankwa Mireku has put a spin on how Footballers face the problem of divorce just after they retire from active football.
According to him in an interview on Asempa FM, about 80% of Ghanaian Footballers face divorce after retirement. He noted that this is because they don’t go for the woman of their size.
The women obviously get attracted to the fame and money so once they become absent after retirement, they also leave.
The 2004 Confederation Cup winner advised active footballers to learn from the riches to rags stories of some veteran footballers in other not to repeat their mistake.
He also urged them not to spend their money on luxurious things.
“Womanizing and alcoholism have ruined the lives of many footballers. We don’t take women of our size. When we are in the first division, we take first division women, second division, we take second division women and when we get a national team call up we also take ladies who fit that status and I think it does not help us.
“How many footballers stay with their wives after retirement?. I can say that 80% of us experience divorce after retirement because the fame and money are gone. It is something that current players should be careful with”.
Amankwa’s argument though not scientific, appears not to be far from the truth.
Six years ago a report by a charity organization that focuses on retired players said that 30% of footballers go through a divorce within a year of retirement.
The report by Xpro also revealed that forty percent of former players declared bankruptcy within five years.