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Former Everton, Reading and Sheff Wed flop declared bankrupt by Dutch court

Former Everton, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday flop Royston Drenthe has been declared bankrupt aged 33 by a Dutch court, it’s confirmed.

The winger/left-back, who was once dubbed the next big thing, joined Real Madrid from Feyenoord in 2007 in a transfer which cost the La Liga giants £12.6m, as per Transfermarkt.

The once pacey attacker made 65 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos, but only managed to score four and set five up during his four-year spell.

In an attempt to reignite his career, Drenthe joined Premier League club Everton on a season-long loan where he went on to be directly involved in 11 goals in 27 matches.

However, with the Toffees failing to try and get a permanent deal for Drenthe, the Dutch winger eventually returned to the Bernabéu before leaving for free in 2013.

Despite initially retiring at just 29-years-old, Drenthe made a comeback and now currently plays for Dutch Division Two side Kozakken Boys.

Various reports has emerged from Spanish outlet Marca who claim that the attacker has now been declared bankrupt by the District Court of Zeeland-West-Brabant.

Drenthe is quoted in the report as saying that he is “not easily scared by such things” as an accountant continues to control the assets of the Dutchman.

As reported by Dutch news-site AD, a court in Breda handed down the bankruptcy order, but the player is confident the matter will be resolved, telling 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.”

Drenthe has previously revealed that he had lost £3.2MILLION earned from what looked like a promising football career.


He has turned to rapping and goes by the stage name Roy2faces though hasn’t quite hit the big time charts.

Earlier this year he also took to acting in a mafia show about gangs and cocaine trafficking.

Drenthe announced his latest venture on Instagram, writing: “New signing reported!!! The time has come… After a long silence, may I FINALLY announce that I can be seen in the MOCRO MAFIA series!

“I’m super excited about my participation in the series and can’t wait to entertain the viewers with my role!

“I am more than excited to show you this other side of Royston but I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. So go check it out!”


Youth career
1992–2000 – SC Neptunus
2000–2003 – Feyenoord
2003–2005 – Excelsior

Senior career
2005–2007 – Feyenoord – 29 games (0 goals)
2007–2012 – Real Madrid – 46 games (2 goals)
2010–2011 → Hércules (loan) – 17 games (4 goals)
2011–2012 → Everton (loan) – 21 games (3 goals)
2012–2013 – Alania Vladikavkaz – 6 games (3 goals)
2013–2015 – Reading – 23 games (2 goals)
2014–2015 → Sheffield Wednesday (loan) – 15 games (1 goal)
2015 – Kayseri Erciyesspor – 11 games (3 goals)
2015–2016 – Baniyas – 18 games (0 goals)
2018–2019 – Sparta Rotterdam – 32 games (5 goals)
2019– Kozakken Boys – 9 games (3 goals)

National team
2005 – Netherlands – U18 – 1 game (0 goals)
2005–2006 Netherlands – U19 – 6 games (0 goals)
2006–2008 Netherlands U21 – 17 games (4 goals)
2008 Netherlands B – 1 game (0 goals)
2010 Netherlands 1 game (0 goals)


Real Madrid
La Liga: 2007–08
Supercopa de España: 2008; runner-up: 2007

Netherlands U21
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2007

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 2007

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