The stunning photo of former Nigerian international Celestine Babayaro, and his family has surfaced online.
The former Chelsea left-back remains one of Nigeria’s finest defenders, having featured in 27 matches for the national team between 1995 and 2004.
Babayaro’s whereabouts have been unknown for several years amid concerns by football fans that he was chased by creditors after being declared bankrupt.
According to a report by Chronicle Live, it was gathered that the former defender had lived at an address on Laleham Road in Shepperton, Middlesex.
In 2011, his neighbours expressed fears that the former player was struggling and had fallen on hard times because the upkeep of his £475,000 property had slipped.
A neighbour who lives on the same street as Babayaro had said: “You can tell money’s difficult because the home used to be maintained really nicely, but now it’s a bit of a mess.
“You can see where the conservatory is starting to fall down, and the garden is completely overgrown. They came and asked to borrow my lawnmower, but I had to say no because the grass was too long and would have broken it.”
In a photo shared by his elder brother, Emmanuel, the former Newcastle defender was seen looking radiant, suggesting that the 44-year-old has survived the tough times.