Patrice Evra has revealed he cannot retire from football… because he needs to keep earning the money to feed his 24 brothers and sisters.
Fun-loving Evra was speaking about his future in the game after featuring in Michael Carrick’s testimonial on Sunday, when he joked about the sheer size of his family.
The left-back, now 36, joined Ligue 1 side Marseille in January after a fairly successful spell with Italian giants Juventus, and is keen to continue his playing career despite his advancing years.
Speaking to ITV after the testimonial match, as quoted by Dream Team FC, he said: “I hope he [Carrick] will play for many years, he has to keep playing like me. I am still playing because I still have 24 brothers and sisters to feed so I can’t stop, I have to run.
“Michael Carrick is still an important player for Manchester United and I remember this year always when he was playing the result was always positive.”
Evra has transformed into somewhat of a legend in the eyes of many neutrals in the past couple of years or so, with his positive attitude towards life plain to see via his Instagram account – the Frenchman enjoys nothing more than to sing in his car to brighten up people’s day.
He was delighted to be involved on Sunday for nostalgic reasons, and added: “It’s just amazing, firstly thank you to Michael Carrick for inviting us all to his testimonial.
“But it’s just too much emotion, too much feeling to come back in the dressing room, to see the gaffer, the fans, the stadium.
“It’s just amazing so that’s why we should say thanks to God to have a happy moment like that. So I’m really happy and I say thank you to all the family of Michael Carrick.”