Andreas Brehme was one of Germany's star players who won the World Cup in 1990, but today he faces a grim reality, according to press reports.
Reports in Germany, Italy and Spain state that the former left-back has debts of around £200,000 and is desperately trying to find a way to pay them back.
It is suggested that Brehme has made contact with many former friends and teammates but is yet to find a solution.
A few days ago Franz Beckenbauer who coached West Germany to their 1990 triumph made an appeal on Brehme's behalf.
"He has given a lot to German football and now we should thank him by helping him.
One former teammate Olivier Straube appears to have made Brehme a job offer, but it doesn't sound like the most attractive proposition.
"We are ready to take Andreas on in our bathroom cleaning business," he said. "He will learn that what really counts is proper work and real life. It would help him improve his image. To me, that's help."
It is reported that Brehme faces a bankruptcy hearing in December but is hoping to improve his situation before then. It seems hard to believe that another of his contacts in top-level football won't be able to come up with a better offer.
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