Former Turkish legend Hakan Sukur The former striker, who also played for Inter Milan and Blackburn Rovers, moved into politics after retiring from football, but a falling out with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently left him with nothing.
“I have nothing left, Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work,” he explained that Turkish President Erdogan ran him out of the country with a warrant for his arrest over an alleged coup he was apparently part of.
Hakan Sukur, along with many others, was accused of participating in a failed coup, prompting him to go into exile.
“I have nothing left, Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work,” the former player told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
“Nobody seems able to explain what my role in this coup was supposed to be. I never did anything illegal, I am not a traitor or a terrorist.
“I might be an enemy this Government, but not the state or the Turkish nation. I love my country. After the split with Erdogan, I started to receive threats. My wife’s shop was attacked, my children were harassed, my father put in prison and all my assets confiscated.
“So I moved to the United States, initially running a café in California, but strange people kept coming into the bar. Now I drive for Uber and I sell books.”