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After an illustrious career for both club and country, Bernard Don Bortey seems to be struggling financially as he nears retirement.
The former Hearts of Oak star, has opened up on why he couldn’t make a lot of money in football.
Don Bortey is regarded as one of the best players to grace the domestic scene in Ghana's football history.
His time with Hearts of Oak saw him win a lot of laurels including the 2005 CAF Confederation Cup.
The Humble Lion, as he is affectionately called says betrayal and exploitation from agents caused him to lose a lot of money during his active days.
“I didn’t get money in football because the people who managed me did not do well. They were just milking me. I remember I had a manager called Mr Quarshie, who bought me a car eventhough I didn’t know how to drive. Hearts paid me GHc 1,500 at that time but I never saw or received that money”, he told Happy FM.
“A lot of people have cheated me and if i want to recall those moments I will be dead by now”, he added.
He also recounted his loan deal to Israeli club Bnei Sakhnin, where he was supposed to have made about $50,000 including signing on fees and wages.
“When I played in Israel I was supposed to have received $3,000 every month and a signing on fee of $30,000 but I never received those monies. I only received just one month of my salary before I terminated the contract", he stated.
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