World Cup’s fastest ever goalscorer is now Uber driver working in USA
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Former Inter Milan and Blackburn forward Hakan Sukur is now working as an Uber driver in America after being exiled from his home country Turkey.
An eight-time Super Lig winner with Galatasaray, the ex-striker wrote himself into the history books by netting the quickest ever goal at a World Cup, in 2002.
His strike, scored after just 10.8 seconds helped Turkey to a third-place finish at the finals in South Korea.
And despite recording 51 goals in 112 appearances at international level, the former footballer was forced to flee his homeland after a warrant was issued for his arrest by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Sukur has been speaking to German outlet, Welt am Sonntag, about his new life in America.
He said: "I moved to the United States, initially running a cafe in California, but strange people kept coming into the bar.
"Now I drive for Uber and I sell books."
The arrest warrant was distributed by Erdogan in 2017 after the Turkish President charged Sukur with being a member of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETO).
Also known as the Gulen Movement, the group is deemed terrorist in Pakistan, Turkey and Northern Cyprus.
FETO are believed to be the perpetrators behind a failed coup in Turkey in 2016.
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A former member of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, Sukur was elected an MP in the 2011 general election after retiring from football in 2008.
Now living in exile in California the Super Lig's record goalscorer denies any wrongdoing.
He added: "Nobody seems able to explain what my role in this coup was supposed to be.
"I never did anything illegal; I am not a traitor or a terrorist."
Sukur's houses, businesses and bank accounts in Turkey have all been seized by Erdogan's government.
He said: "I have nothing left, Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work."
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