Former striker Emmanuel Adebayor spoke about how the demands and expectations of his family almost led to suicide.
Now playing football in Turkey, Adebayor spoke about years of tourment from his family put him in a state of depression where he spent years living in silence.
He told French magazine So Foot "I felt like killing myself so many times. I kept this to myself for years and years.
"I am disgusted that things reached this stage, but I feel relieved to have talked about it.
"My football career will be finished in three or four years. By contrast my family name will remain with me - together with these people.
"Things are hard to bear when you are working hard to lift your family our of poverty, but they are still opposed to you.
"I have always told my younger brothers that we have been manipulated by our families.
"I often change my phone number so that my family can't contact me.
"They call me, not to ask how I am, but to demand money. That was the case after I injured my hamstring while with Tottenham.
"They rang me while I was having a scan to ask me if I could pay a kid's school fees.
"At least ask me first how I am before you do this!"