He hung his boots at the age of 29 to pursue a career in music, despite being touted as a child prodigy, and now former Everton and Real Madrid star Royston Drenthe has switched to ACTING as he appears in crime drama
- Royston Drenthe was once tipped for big things as an emerging star of the game
- But he quit at the age of 29 after a series of unsuccessful moves during his career
- He dabbled in the music world and has now done his best to act in the Netherlands
- Drenthe plays the leading role in a crime drama about gangs in the Amsterdam underworld
He was seen as Holland’s next big thing after he broke the youth system at Feyenoord 15 years ago and sealed a dream move to Real Madrid.
But Royston Drenthe struggled to realize his potential, as he eventually called it at the age of 29 – he turned his attention to a music career – but now the former winger has entered the action world after performing in a crime drama.
The former Real Madrid star looks almost unrecognizable in the clip of his new TV show Mocro Maffia, which tells the story of three gang members living in Amsterdam, and shows his tough side while interrogating two men.
Royston Drenthe has shocked football fans after showing a clip of themselves in a crime drama
The former Real Madrid star is seen questioning two young men who are being held captive
After being annoyed by one of them, he holds a gun to the man’s head and threatens him
His character enters a room where the prisoners are being held, while his attacker is watering them while Drenthe tries to get answers to them.
After seemingly getting frustrated by the couple during discussions, he and his fellow gang member leave the room – before one of them yells at him, storming back into the room with a gun.
He points the weapon at the man’s head and threatens it before the clip ends.
Drenthe started his career at Feyenoord in 2005 and was seen as one of the next big prospects
He was quickly picked up by Real Madrid, but did not realize his true potential in Spain
Drenthe, now 32, announced this week to his Instagram followers that he would be playing on the show, saying he was ‘super excited’ to be involved and show off ‘this other side of Royston’.
He wrote: ‘New signing reported !!! The time has come … May I FINALLY announce after a long silence that I can be seen in the MOCRO MAFIA series!
“I’m super excited about my participation in the series and can’t wait to entertain viewers with my role!
“I’m more than excited to show you this other side of Royston, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. So go check it out! ‘
He was loaned to Everton, where he scored four times in the 2011-12 season
Drenthe emerged from the Feyenoord youth system in 2005 as an exciting star, with many calling him ‘the new Edgar Davids’.
Linked to a long list of clubs, he eventually signed for Real Madrid in 2007, playing 65 times and scoring four goals, but never quite producing the quality hoped for.
Los Blancos eventually moved him to Hercules, and later Everton, Spain, where he played 21 games and scored four times and also played for championship games Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.
He decided to end his career in 2017 before he was even in his thirties, became a rapper and released hits under the name ‘Roya2faces’, but briefly returned to football to play for Sparta Rotterdam and the Dutch third division Kozak Boys.