The striker was tipped to be the next big thing and even received phone calls from Michael Owen reassuring him
Cherno Samba has revealed a failed move to Liverpool led him to fall into depression and try to take his own life.
The striker was the hottest property in the country in the late 90’s and, after the computer game Championship Manger propelled him into an overnight success story, put him on the transfer wish list of several huge clubs.
At one point, Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen even personally called the starlet, who was tipped to become a star for England alongside none other than Wayne Rooney.
Then at Millwall, the Three Lions youth had just comfortably broken Owen ’s schoolboy goal-scoring record with 132 goals in 32 games at the age of 13.
Tottenham Hotspur legend Teddy Sheringham even went as far to label him “the best talent I’ve seen anywhere.”
However, despite Gerard Houllier’s best efforts, a move to Liverpool never materialised. With his new autobiography coming out imminently, the 33-year-old revealed on the Hawksbee and Jacobs Show how personally the move affected him.
He said: “Two weeks later [after the call from Owen] my dad called me and I came downstairs in the kitchen and he said, ‘Look you can see how your mum has not been well for the past two weeks’ and then he told me the deal has not gone through.
“I remembered I just dropped on the floor in the kitchen and just started crying my eyes out.”
Two years after the failed move, Samba was released by Millwall and he revealed just how much of an impact it had on him later in life.
“I don’t think I recovered after that,” he added. “Not the same player, not the same person and I became this sort of angry person.
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“Frustrated with life and just lost – I was a lost cause. When I went to Spain, I was sweating that night and I was having nightmares and I was depressed.
“And that’s what left to the tragedy and I nearly took my own life.
“Luckily, by the Grace of God I am still here. Having said that, that’s the past, this is Cherno and I am ready to go.”
Source : TalkSport