Anthony Martial has been accused of completely changing after moving to Manchester United by his ex-wife Samantha Jacquelinet.
The 20-year-old was thrust into the spotlight this time last year after the Red Devils agreed a deal worth a potential £58million to sign him from AS Monaco. He was forced to relocate with almost no notice and brought his wife and new-born baby with him.
But while Martial started to flourish on the pitch for the Red Devils, his relationship with Samantha started to break down. His new lifestyle, bolstered by a massive weekly wage, only served to destroy the close connection they shared.
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Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Ms Jacquelinet claimed Martial struggled to deal with the attention he was getting from girls, eventually leading to the alleged affair he had.
She said: “Everything changed. Footballers in England are like kings. They have so much money and attention it’s like they live in a different world. He was thrust into the limelight and it all just exploded. Young girls were throwing themselves at him.”
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A broken family club
Ms Jacquelinet has also criticised Manchester United for their failure to offer either her or Martial advice following their move. She believes that United did not help the two youngsters deal with their new lives and says they were offered "nothing" in terms of support.
She continued: “I was told United was a family club but off the pitch he didn’t get any guidance. Manchester United have ruined my life.
“Neither of us were prepared for it at all. Everywhere we went people would stop Anthony for pictures and his Instagram followers rocketed to more than two million.
“Other big clubs like to offer support to players in managing their social media but we were offered nothing. He was getting a dozen pictures a day on Instagram from girls. They sent sexy photos begging him to get in touch."
Finally, Jacquelinet revealed that Martial has so far refused to give her much of his fortune despite being the mother of his only child. The £95,000-a-week star is accused of offering to give her just £3,000 every month, a figure she is clearly unhappy with.
She said: “When we split I tried to work things out. He said I only wanted him for his money.
“But he was so stingy. Anthony told me he rent a house for me. I found one outside Paris, but when I got the keys he said he was only going to give me £3,000 a month.
"He earns £420,000 every month.
“Anthony has changed completely from the modest, shy and loving young man I met in Monaco and I firmly believe if we’d stayed there then we would still be together.”
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