Benoit Assou-Ekotto is making headlines for a rather eye-catching interview with Canal+.
The former Spurs full-back spent the entirety of last season without a club after being released by the club only to sign for Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne last summer and since then has kept his outspoken reputation.
Now the Cameroon international is taking the moral high ground about sponsorship in football, comparing it to prostitution. Assou-Ekotto has gone on the record about leaving clubs for more money before, it must be noted.
In quotes reported by the Daily Mail, he spoke of his preference for old fashioned boots that are sold on Ebay for around €30: “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.”
It’s an interesting point that Assou-Ekotto is trying to make. Footballers are entitled to change their opinion and at the age of 31, he’s been around for long enough to be quite informed about this side of the game.