London, Oct. 28: Dutch footballer Andy Van Der Meyde, has revealed how sex, drugs and booze destroyed his Everton career and almost killed him, in an astonishing autobiography scheduled to be released this week.
Meyde said he became addicted to drugs and stole pills from the Everton club doctor. He admitted to have regularly got drunk on beer, wine and spirits. He also cheated on his wife with a Liverpool stripper and was filmed being unfaithful by a private detective, reports The Sun.
Meyde, who moved to Goodison from Inter Milan for two million pounds in 2005 on a four-year deal that would earn him a whopping 6.24 million pounds, claimed his first experience with drugs was his girlfriend’s 26th birthday.
“I threw up and my puke was blood and red clots, very scary. I passed out and woke up in hospital. They said probably some guys put some drug in my beer. I had to go to David Moyes and he fined me 30,000 pounds because Everton have a rule that you can’t be seen in any bar or club two days before a game,” he said.
Meyde said he couldn’t sleep without popping a pill.
“The pills were pretty heavy, the kind you only get with a doctor’s prescription. So I stole them from the office of the club doctor and no one noticed, for more than two years I stole those pillsm,” he said.
Those two years saw Van der Meyde spiral further out of control.
“The worry about my daughter determined my last two years at Everton. I wasn’t able to focus on the Premier League or the world around it. Going out became an even bigger part of my life,” he said.
Things really hit rock bottom when his Goodison deal ran out in 2009.
“I took cocaine and liquor and in Liverpool you can party seven nights a week. It is a life-threatening city if you can’t put up your own boundaries. I realised Liverpool could become my death so I had to leave,” he said.
Meyde is back in Holland and has cleaned up his act. He hopes to return to football soon and is taking his UEFA coaching badges. (ANI)