Patrice Evra: Former France star opens up about sexual abuse in France, his friendship with Roger Milla and his life after football
The former Arsenal player opened up about his abuse in France, his friendship with Roger Milla, a drug overdose that almost killed him and his life after football.
Former Arsenal striker
The former Arsenal striker opened up about his abuse in France, his friendship with Roger Milla, a drug overdose that almost killed him and his life after football.
When we get together every now and again, we always speak about football and my own personal life. I don’t really like talking about football – and in fact I don’t really do much about my own life now. I am always either at work with my agent or on my own. There have been two recent conversations – both with Roger – and he asked if we could talk about my life after football.
In general, we are not allowed to talk about the past. But, over the course of a couple of months, I will be able to talk about the things that came out of my past.
The first conversation, a few weeks ago, was about Roger (Milla) and some things that happened. There had been a lot of interest in Roger and me and I had read many things about us, so, finally, we sat down and talked about it.
You can’t talk about the past, but you can talk about it and say that you wish you hadn’t done certain things. But, then, there is such a difference in age now – but at that time there was a difference in our maturity. The things that I did before I was 20 I didn’t do when I was 30.
Sometimes, if you do things too much, you ruin things. I have ruined things for myself and I have ruined things for others. I did not realise, for example, that if something is not going properly, you can