Former Super Eagles star, Etim Esin, has claimed that famous American movie company, Paramount Pictures, has offered to pay $2million for his biopic.
Esin, regarded as the brightest star of his generation, made the claim while speaking, via telephone, to Newsbreak.
According to him, the deal is being brokered by famous Nollywood producer, Egor Efiok. Esin claimed that Efiok is currently in the US trying to tie up the deal with Paramount Pictures directors.
Esin was a big star in the 80s, with many likening him to Argentina’s Diego Maradona on account of his stocky build and dazzling dribbling skills.
Like Maradona, he was also a colourful character, with an arm-long list of off-pitch excesses. These include a fondness for nightclubbing, women, eye-catching cars, defiance for authority and flirtation with illicit drugs, things on which his failure to fulfil his potential have been blamed. In the run-in to the 1987 FIFA U-21 World Cup in Chile, he famously sneaked out of the Flying Eagles camp at night and ended up being shot on the thigh by armed robbers in Lagos.
He recovered early enough to make the squad, where Nigeria exited in the first round. Locally, he played for Calabar Rovers, Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland of Owerri), the defunct Flash Flamingoes of Benin.
Abroad, he played for Lokeren, AA Ghent and Lierse SK, all in the Belgian League. It was while in Belgium that he ran into a rape scandal on which his career finally unraveled.
A girl he had sexual relations with was deemed underage by Belgian law, forcing Esin to flee the country for Nigeria to avoid a jail term. He would later claim that he thought the girl was 18, the age of consent in Belgium, but the country’s authorities, put her age at 16.