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Hakan Sukur reveals how he went from Turkey’s World Cup hero to Uber driver

By: Sports Desk |

Updated: January 14, 2020 6:58:59 pm

Hakan Sukur was a Turkey international who played for Inter Milan and Galatasaray. (Source: AP Photo)

Hakan Sukur, who led Turkey to the third position in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, now drives for Uber in the US to earn a living and in a recent interview revealed how things fell apart.

In an interview to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the 48-year-old who has played for premier European clubs like Inter and Galatasaray, spoke of how in 2011 he joined Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

However, after two years, the footballer left the party over the government’s rift with cleric Fethullah Gulen. In 2016, a warrant was issued for his arrest for his alleged links with an attempted coup.

“Stones were thrown at my wife’s boutique, my children were harassed on the street. I received threats after every statement I made. When I had left, they locked up my father — and everything I owned was confiscated,” said Sukur, who has 250 club and 51 international goals to his name.