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Everton flop Royston Drenthe has admitted he "loved women and partying too much" and thought he was "god" earlier in his career.
The Dutch winger spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Goodison Park, scoring four times and providing seven assists in 27 appearances for the Toffees. Drenthe had been one of the hottest prospects in Europe four years before his move to Everton, having been named player of the tournament as the Netherlands won the under-21 European Championship.
However, his career stagnated following a "dream" move to Real Madrid and his off-field antics soon took a toll on his performance on the pitch.
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Speaking to AS, via The Sun, Drenthe explained: "I was twenty years old and at the peak of my career. It was my dream to walk into the Real Madrid dressing room, I will never forget that.
"But you have a life as a footballer and a life as a human being. You can mix that up to a point, but I didn't see the need to change my lifestyle right away. Now I am aware that I didn't do the right thing, that I made mistakes.
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"I wasn't ready to be a pro. I thought I was God, loved women and to party too much and you can't combine that with football. I learn something new every time, but what happened, happened."
Drenthe won a league title in his first season with Los Blancos, ultimately scoring four times for the Spanish giants in 65 appearances for the club.
After five years at the Santiago Bernabeu, he was released in 2012 following his underwhelming loan spell at Everton, which included a steamy 2am hot tub party at the club's training ground.
In the decade since, Drenthe has had spells in Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates as well as spending time back in England with Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.
He also took a two-year break from football between 2016 and 2018 before returning to his native Netherlands. Now aged 35, Drenthe joined Spanish minnows Racing Merida in August, the 15th club of his senior career.
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