Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic has died at the age of 38 after reportedly shooting himself in the head after battling with depression and anxiety.
Local media report that the retired Partizan Belgrade, Anderlecht, and Gent striker took his own life in his rented Belgrade apartment over the weekend after saying “I can’t take this anymore
His heartbroken partner and singer, Ivana Stanic, told the media: ‘We had a perfect relationship, everything was great.
‘But he had problems, he liked to drink and that i think that, added to the issues he had with depression, is that the main reason why he did it.
‘After the end of his career, he struggled to cope because football meant everything to him.
‘He started working as an agent, but it’s a job where sometimes you’ve got work and earnings, sometimes you do not . He was depressed and anxious.
‘The day before the suicide he drank a bit an excessive amount of and that i felt like something bad could happen. I calmed him down, dragged him to bed and we talked all night.
‘When we aroused from sleep, he started drinking. I froze once I saw a gun next to him. I cried and asked him to place it away and that i called his mother to speak to him.
‘I asked him to return with me and visited the lavatory to get dressed. Every now then I checked out what he was doing then suddenly I heard a shot. I ran faraway from the apartment and called the paramedics.
Mrdakovic played for twenty clubs across 10 countries including Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Isreal. He also played nine matches with Serbia U21s and 3 times for Serbia at the 2008 Olympics.
Former club Maccabi Tel Aviv posted a press release , reading: “Maccabi Tel Aviv is saddened to find out of the passing of the club’s former Serbian striker, Miljan Mrdakovic, who died in tragic circumstances on Friday in his native Belgrade, aged 38.
“Mrdakovic played for Maccabi within the 2006-07 season under then-coach Eli Cohen, and as a 24-year-old he made an instantaneous impression when within the opening round of the season he scored a spectacular goal against Beitar Jerusalem as he beat three defenders during a solo run that began in his own half before unleashing a strong shot from the sting of the area.
That season was his only campaign with Maccabi Tel Aviv during which he scored eight goals and created four others in 29 appearances. After leaving Maccabi he moved to Portugal.