Despite being blessed with extraordinary talent, Manchester United Memphis Depay has long since revealed that he had a troubled childhood.
He had a testing childhood, as the son of a Ghanaian father and Dutch mother who separated when he was four years old.
Growing up, Depay had an unhealthy relationship with his father that in 2012 he dropped his Ghanaian surname from the back of his shirt.
In an interview with the Sun (UK), Dennis Depay, the father of the Manchester United player, shared his side of the story.
According to the African father, his son has been fabricating their history.
He said: “Saying that I didn’t see him after he was four is a lie. It is unbelievable, it is not nice. He is my son and I love him. I am the man who gave him his first ball.
“He was not abandoned by me. That is not true. I was always there for him.
“I saw him on YouTube talking about his dad, saying he didn’t want to put my name on his back. It made me feel terrible. I would love to be back in touch with him. I miss him so much.
“The divorce happened but I was always going to see him. I was giving money too.
“There was no problem with access. I could see Memphis whenever I wanted. He stayed with me lots of times and I’d buy him clothes and footballs. I was always visiting him and they know it.”
Dennis also revealed that his son suffered at the hands of his mother’s new partner as he was beaten while growing up.
“With the new guy Cora (Memphis mother) had a hard time and so did Memphis. He and the other children hit Memphis sometimes so I would go and help him.
“The other children were jealous of him and that was made worse because he was a good footballer. The new man hit him sometimes for the slightest thing.
“The other kids didn’t like him because of his talent. They began to hate him so the family turned against him.”
Manchester United signed Memphis Depay before the beginning of EPL season after the Netherlands international was the top scorer in the Dutch League last season.