Speaking in an interview with J + 1, St Étienne left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has revealed that he buys his football boots on eBay, in an attack against the large sponsorship deals that certain of his European colleagues receive each year.
Assou-Ekotto had the following to say:
“Sometimes I find boots for 30 Euros. These are good deals for comfortable boots. Boots are currently expensive. To be fashionable is expensive, but you can distinguish yourself by being retro. I prefer to be free rather than whoring myself out for a sponsor. In all honesty, when you are an African player it is not incentivising to have a sponsor. When you are European, it is better because their business is done in Europe.”