Ishmael Miller made his way through the ranks at Manchester City, earning a professional contract in 2005.
Much was expected of the tall, fast and strong striker, who earned the nickname the “Moston Menace” through his time in the youth team.
Former City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson even described Miller as “fantastic”.
But with him struggling to get into the first-team he was loaned to West Brom during the 2007/2008 season.
“Often footballers get bad publicity, but he thought about us and Tranmere first”
He then moved to the Baggies for £1million a year later, and became a football journeyman.
Now Miller, 31, has been declared bankrupt at a County Court hearing in Stockport.
Incredibly, the frontman has refused to take any money from his current club while he recovers from injury.
His current boss at Tranmere Rovers, Micky Mellon, paid tribute to Miller for not pocketing wages.
He told BBC Merseyside: “He came in to see me about a week ago and we had the conversation where he said to me, ‘stop my wages until I get fit again.
“He wants Tranmere Rovers to keep moving forward while he’s out injured, which is possibly the first time I’ve heard that.
“I need everybody to understand how big a gesture that is from Ishmael at this moment in time.
“If he’d kept getting paid and waited until he got fit, nobody would’ve blinked an eyelid as that’s what’s supposed to happen.
“People might say, ‘well, he’s in a position where he can do that – well, he doesn’t have to do that.
“He knows how tight things are at this club and where we’re at in terms of what we’re trying to do.
“I think it says an awful lot about him as a man. Often footballers get bad publicity, but he thought about us and Tranmere first.”