Royston Drenthe’s career did not go as planned. After he was recruited by Real Madrid in 2007, everything was expected for him to go in an upward direction, but the Dutchman never lived up to the expectations of himself.
At 35, the left wing continues to play, moving up the lower Spanish divisions. However, most fans have forgotten him completely as he played for Everton after Real, then dropped off the elite football map.
“I wasn’t ready to become a professional,” admits Drenthe in an interview with “La Gazzetta dello Sport”. – I thought about God, but I liked to party too much. If you want to be at the top, you have to learn to combine those two things.”
In the five years he was owned by Real Madrid, Drenthe played a total of 65 games in the white shirt – more than for any other team in his career. In itself, that’s proof enough of how short the wing stays wherever it goes.
In those five years, Drenthe was loaned out to Hercules and Everton, where he spent the last season of his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“In 2007, I was 20 years old,” Royston recalled. “I was at the peak of my career. It was hard to explain. I fulfilled my dream to enter that dressing room (of Real – b.a.). I will never forget these moments.
On one side is the professional life of the footballer, and on the other – his personal life. The hardest thing for me then was that I had to change my lifestyle, and immediately. Now I realize how many mistakes I made and that I didn’t do things the right way.”
Despite everything, Drenthe has special memories of his time at Real Madrid.
“Raul was an example for everyone – says the winger. – Michel Salgado was like a brother to me, and Guti was my father.
I wouldn’t call my career a failure. I also had many pleasant moments. I was very happy, after all I was playing for the greatest club of all time – Real Madrid. No one can take it away from me.
I will always keep Real Madrid in my heart. I will always be a Real Madrid fan.”