Cameroon international, Benoit Assou-Ekotto has revealed he prefers to buy his football boots on eBay rather than take handouts from sponsors. Speaking recently to Canal+, the former Tottenham left-back equated taking boots from sponsors to prostitution.
‘I’d rather be free than to prostitute myself for a sponsor. In all honesty, when you’re an African player, it’s not that interesting to have a sponsor. When you’re European, it’s better because business is done in Europe. I buy shoes for €30 [£23]. It’s a good price for comfortable boots. You can find them on Ebay, and they’re not expensive. Being fashionable is expensive, but you’re more distinguished to be vintage.’