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Emmanuel Eboue texts Jamie Redknapp "every day"

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Emmanuel Eboue will forever be remembered by football fans not for his ability, but for his eccentric and colourful personality.

Throughout his seven-year spell at Arsenal, who he joined from Beveren in 2004, the right-back became renowned for his hilarious warm-up rituals and celebrations.

Against Braga in 2010, for example, Eboue was caught on camera leaping up and down like a frog on the sidelines before being brought on as a substitute.

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And in a 4-0 victory over Blackburn in 2009, the Ivorian scored a brace and marked the feat with an iconic but bizarre celebration by the corner flag, jigging like an old man with Emmanuel Adebayor.

Five years since his departure and Eboue has once again made headlines, this time for his strange 'friendship' - for want of a better word - with Jamie Redknapp.

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Speaking on A League of Their Own (see below), the Sky Sports pundit hilariously explained how Eboue texts him every single day with a "Thought for the Day", in an apparent attempt to convert him to Christianity.

When asked why he has Eboue's number, the former Liverpool midfielder said: "Can I tell you a story? For some reason... His little boy is the same age as mine and I met him at football.

"He wants me to become a Christian and he keeps sending me these messages about turning to God. I don't even know him!

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"Every day I get a 'Thought for the Day'."

Cue hysterics in the studio, with host James Corden in tears. Redknapp was then asked to read one of Eboue's messages.

"The Quote of the Day," he continued. "Do you think you've failed? You've failed your life... With God, it is never too late to make a new start.

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"Why is he picking on me? Our kids are seven and play football together, let's not get too deep, mate."

Briliant. Thirty-three-years-old and Eboue is still the gift that keeps on giving.

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