By Alex Stevens
Johnny Heitinga has groaned that he is no longer able to afford private jets and a personal shopper – and football fans have reacted hilariously on Twitter.
The former Everton defender has opened himself up to ridicule with an interview in which he has explained how his lifestyle has changed since retirement from football.
Heitinga and his wife wife Charlotte-Sophie, the sister of Boudewijn Zenden, miss the ultra-expensive trappings of fame and fortune.
“When I was still playing football we had a lot more money coming in. Our expenditures were likewise. Now we are trying to adjust,” the 33-year-old told Dutch magazine Linda, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“In the past, we sometimes chartered a private jet, but we don’t do that now. On holidays we do still rent a fancy villa, but you get different categories of ‘fancy’.”
Heitinga also revealed that a stylist would have previously decided on the couple’s fashion choices, but now they have the problem of having to look for clothes themselves.
There was little mercy from football fans on social media, with some urging Heitinga to take a reality check and others sarcastically suggesting a whip round to fund a more luxurious lifestyle for the Dutchman.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Johnny Heitinga struggling badly since retirement. Someone start up a GoFundMe account for him, maybe? pic.twitter.com/2bNsNDk7ep
— Cian Carroll (@CianByNature) February 10, 2017
Poor Johnny Heitinga https://t.co/UYBNshQO6S
— Ian McCourt (@ianmccourt) February 10, 2017
— Chris Woodley (@finesavebywoods) February 10, 2017
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) February 10, 2017
That Heitinga interview is amazing… are we supposed to feel sorry for him?
— Marco Dal (@Dally136) February 10, 2017
You think your life is tough. Imagine the struggles of poor Heitinga who can’t afford private jets any more. https://t.co/RTSu74bb1w
— Sandeep Kadian (@GappistanRadio) February 10, 2017
Johnny Heitinga moaning about since retirement he can’t now afford private jets. Get that violin out.
— Jonny (@Jonny0510) February 9, 2017
Heitinga joined Everton from Atletico Madrid for £6million in the summer of 2009 and accumulated 140 appearances in five years at the Merseyside club.
He left Goodison Park for Fulham in 2014 and, following a short spell back at boyhood club Ajax, retired last February.
Heitinga also won 87 caps with Holland during a career that included a spell in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.
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