Patrice Evra: I sold drugs and ate Big Macs in the trash… Football saved me

Fformer French international Patrice Evra revealed that he had a very traumatic childhood as he suffered a number of terrible experiences including dealing drugs.

Evra lived in a family where he was one of 24 siblings. But the 40-year-old admitted that after his father left home they had to do whatever it took to survive.

“Sometimes at midnight when they would throw the cold ‘Big Macs’ away, we would pick them up in the trash. After my dad left us, everything was chaotic.” Evra during an interview with BBC One.

“Football saved me. When I was 17, I traveled to Italy [he had spells at Marsala and Monza before signing for Nice in 2002]. I remember when I walked into my room there was a tracksuit.

“I sold drugs, I begged and I worked in a television store. One is not true,” said Evra while playing “Two Truths and a Lie”.

“I didn’t sell televisions.”

“I called my mum and said, ‘This is heaven, there are people to serve us food and we have two forks on one side and two knives on the other’.”

the old Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus and Marseille The man has opened up about his past through his autobiography ‘I Love This Game’, an open letter to The Players’ Tribune, as well as other interviews.

In one such interview with The Times, Evra admitted to having been sexually abused as a child.

“I’m not ashamed when I confess that I felt like a coward for many years for not talking about it,” said Evra.

“It was something that stuck in my chest. But I’m not doing this for me, it’s for the kids.

“I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of having been through something like this.”

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