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The one time Netherlands international will now be plying his trade in the fourth tier of Spanish football after a sharp fall from grace which reached a nadir with declaring bankruptcy last month. He is still only 33-years-old.
His career showed a lot of promise early on, with impressive performances at Feyenoord leading to a move to Real Madrid at just 20-years-old.
Drenthe struggled to break into the team at the Bernabeu, but looked good in spells in a loan move to Hercules and it seemed to be going well at Everton until a falling out with manager David Moyes.
It seems that the mercurial wide man has tended to let off the field issues affect his playing career, and it took a nosedive after Goodison Park. Spells in the Championship, Russia, Abu Dhabi, and Turkey were unsuccessful, and in 2016 he gave up playing altogether to give acting and music a try.
However, clearly he wasn't quite as talented at those as he is football, and so he returned with Dutch team Sparta Rotterdam in 2018 - where he actually played regularly for a season. He then went to anothe team in the Netherlands, Kozakken Boys, before this latest transfer.
Video of his first training session with Racing Murcia surfaced on Friday, showing how the difficulties have affected him. He'll have a lot of work to do to get his career back on track, but hopefully he will manage it.
OFICIAL ' ¡Los Reyes Magos siempre aciertan! :crown:#RoystonRickyDrenthe vuelve a España para ayudar al #RacingMurcia a conseguir el ascenso de categoría tras jugar en equipos como #RealMadrid y #Everton #SimplementeNosotros#MorrisPagniello pic.twitter.com/zdBkXIg9kY
- Racing Murcia FC (@racingmurciafc) January 6, 2021
He certainly seems keen to, saying: "At first it was a bit difficult to come - my kids were sad - but I'm excited to start and do good things."
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