“It destroyed me.” Yohan Mollo, footballer whose professional debut was made in 2008 with Monaco, has denounced the manipulation of his former agents, which will cost him “between 10 and 15 million euros”. Now stuck in the Banque de France and banned from banking, the 32-year-old Martigues native revealed the relationship on Saturday, May 14, in an interview with Carré mediaspecializes in football and is present only on social networks.
In October 2019, the former international hopeful, who wanted to withdraw his financial reserves, realized that the life insurance he thought he had subscribed to and which contained more than ten million euros was fake. Yohan Mollo, who now plays Hyères in National 2, says he has been the victim of several real estate scams. In addition, accounts and loans were opened in his name without his consent.
The judicial investigation, which has been going on for more than two years, was recently completed. The first hearing at the Marseille Criminal Court is due to take place in September. The battle of numbers is on heart of litigation. “The investigation revealed a proven embezzlement of 1.7 million euros, an audit firm expects 4 million“, Assured Master Ceccaldi, his lawyer, while the total damage suffered by Yohan Mollo may be higher.
While awaiting trial, the former striker from Saint-Etienne and Caen, who has also traveled to Greece, Russia and Qatar, confessed to franceinfo: sport to tell about his setbacks.
Franceinfo: sport: You say your agents cheated you. What happened ?
Yohan Mollo: What happened to me was a movie. At no time in my life have I thought of this. My agents took their commissions, but it wasn’t enough for them, they also took my salaries. They took out various bank loans for me, and bought goods and sold them at a loss. I have not yet witnessed the purchase or sale of property in my name, which is however mandatory.
I was also given life insurance and told I needed to invest the money to think about the future. I went to the office of an agency director: I was received, I was shown the official documents, there was nothing suspicious about it. But this life insurance never existed, the man was an accomplice to them. All documents are forged. Some players were cheated on the banking plan, others on the real estate plan, but I, all the documents made, I didn’t sign it!
Didn’t you realize that at that time?
When the lie is put together with the right people, you have nothing to say because those people bring credibility to the story. I suffered manipulation for many years and many people, banks, notaries. Whenever I am about to discover the truth, there is always a new set-up that convinces me that it exists.
People don’t understand how I can trust someone who eventually betrayed me. But when you’ve been working with him for ten years, when this person eats at your parents ’table, when he kisses your nephews, when he’s there to protect you and tell you that everything is fine, of course, you believe that you are in good shape. How do you know that the accountant is in cahoots with the agent? How can it be imagined that another man, for another life insurance, was his accomplice, with two sports directors with him? It’s impossible. They cheated on me my whole career, I only realized three years ago.
Full interview here: https://t.co/N92FSL2hW5 pic.twitter.com/Bsy4HSSO5h
– SQUARE (@lemediacarre) May 14, 2022
What was your reaction?
I was at the end of my life, because I was away from my family [en Grèce, au Panathinaïkos, où il a joué entre 2019 et 2021, avec un prêt à Orléans en 2020], I have a lot of problems. But three years ago I still don’t understand why they did that! I often wake up at night, from 4 am to 6 am, I can’t sleep.
“But I always end up always taking over. First there’s a period where you’re in pain, but after that it-toughs you up. I wouldn’t say it makes you stronger because I’m hurt and I don’t like it… I will never forget. “Yohan Mollo, soccer player
in franceinfo: sports
It’s not missing, but you have to deal with your problems directly. Then there is my family watching me, and just for them, I have to stay strong.
How does this story affect your life today?
It broke me, but I have this strength of personality and this mindset that always brings me back to charging. I always had a salary and that was what allowed me to survive. Sure I have problems now, but I can have a normal life because I’m still playing, I’m getting enough money to live on. I know many have fallen into depression, will do anything, but my life, I build it on this failure.
My happiness goes through family. Money has never been a force in my life, but I have sacrificed. The money I have to save is not even for me, I want to share with my family so that everyone can be happy. I don’t have to live in the palace, I just have to have my father, my mother, my cousins, my brother, my niece.