Royston Drenthe: Former Real Madrid and Everton winger has ‘no regrets’

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Drenthe won two Spanish Super Cups with Real MadridWhen Royston Drenthe answers the phone he’s on his way to a photoshoot in Amsterdam. It’s for an underwear company, and will feature several former footballers. “I don’t even have a six-pack but they still want me,” he laughs.The former Feyenoord, Real Madrid and Everton winger has always been willing to try new things. For such a colourful character, who has explored interests in music, fashion, perfume and poker, nothing should come as a surprise.At 32, Drenthe is playing for Kozakken Boys in the third tier of Dutch football. He was once perhaps the most sought-after prospect in Europe, if not the world, but his career didn’t quite go to plan up until his brief retirement at the age of 29.”The two years that I stopped I needed something new,” says Drenthe. “I just had to step out for a bit to find myself again.”In the summer of 2007, Drenthe was hailed as the Netherlands’ next superstar having led his country to success in the European Under-21s Championship, as well as claiming the award for the tournament’s best player.

Drenthe scored in a semi-final penalty shootout against England on the way to the Netherlands becoming European Under-21 Champions in 2007Legendary figures like Luis Figo, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro had previously won the same award.”It was an amazing feeling. At that European Championships everything was going well and when clubs start as

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