Legendary former Turkey striker Hakan Sukur has revealed how his life is going after he retired from football. Sukur is now in the United States of America working as an Uber driver ever since he had to flee his homeland.
In an extraordinary story, Hakan says he now makes a living driving people around and selling books after also initially working in a cafe. He had previously worked as part of the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government in Turkey but says he is now seen as a traitor by his compatriots.
After his family received threats and attacks, they’re now living in America, starring one of the most remarkable falls from grace from a former footballer of his quality. This guy played for some big clubs in Europe and now it’s a shame to see how things changed for him.
“I have nothing left,” he said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag, via the Daily Mail.
“Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work.
“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 of 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 cafe in California, but strange people kept coming into the bar. Now I drive for Uber and I sell books.”
Sukur scored 51 goals in over 100 games for the Turkish national team, while having a fine club career with the likes of Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Torino, and Blackburn Rovers.