DUTCH cops are probing whether ex-Burton Albion star Kelvin Maynard was shot dead on Wednesday night in revenge for a 400kg cocaine heist.
The line of investigation comes as a selfie taken by the 32-year-old Dutchman emerged which shows him clutching a massive wad of 50 Euro notes.
The selfie began circulating on social media the day after Maynard was gunned down by two men on a black scooter when he was driving his car in the Langbroekdreef region of the city.
Amsterdam police say they suspect the former full-back may have stolen 400g cocaine from a dealer.
A spokesman told De Telegraaf: “Even though we are still taking other scenarios into account, we are investigating the scenario that he became a victim after ‘rip deal’.”
The ex-defender is believed to have attempted to escape the gunmen by driving towards a nearby fire station, according to De Telegraaf.
But his vehicle hit the front of the building and he was unable to be resuscitated.
It is thought that he tried to escape by driving towards a nearby fire station where firefighters attempted to help the footballer before he died of his injuries.
Amsterdam cops said: “We can confirm that the fatal victim of the shooting incident on Langbroekdreef last night was 32-year-old Kelvin Maynard.
“The investigation into his death is in full swing.”
Police are appealing for witnesses as they search for two suspects who are believed to have escaped on a black scooter.
The Dutch-Surinamese player was currently playing for non-league Dutch club Alphnese Boys.
Maynard secured a “dream move” to England in November 2014 when he signed for fellow countryman Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink at Burton from Royal Antwerp.
The full-back helped the Brewers to win the League Two title during his first season at the club.
He was then rewarded with another one-year contract, telling the club’s website: “I’m very excited. It was always a dream for me to play in England.”
Burton went on to seal a second successive promotion to earn Championship football but Maynard cruelly missed out.
He damaged his knee during a pre-season friendly with Derby County that ruled him out for the campaign.
Maynard left in 2016 and returned to Holland with SV Spakenburg.
He played nine league matches in total for the Brewers and scored one goal.
Maynard, born in Paramaribo in Suriname, was last playing for Dutch amateur side Quick Boys.
He began his career with FC Volendam in 2006 and spent four years there before signing for Olhanense.
A move from Holland to Hungarian side Kecskemeti TE followed in summer of 2011, but he was released in December and headed back to the Netherlands to join FC Emmen.
Maynard’s displays there then caught the eye of Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp, where he made 27 league appearances during the 2013/14 campaign before signing for Hasselbaink at Burton.
Burton Albion released a statement which read: “Everyone at Burton Albion Football Club is saddened to learn of the tragic death of our former player Kelvin Maynard at the age of 32.
“Our sympathies go out to all his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Current club, Alphnese boys, also released a statement saying: “Last night we received the terrible news of the death of Kelvin Maynard.
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“The Alphense Boys player was a victim of a shooting incident in Amsterdam-Zuidoost last night.
“Our deepest condolences go to the wife and children of Kelvin, his family and friends.”
The club will not be training today and the away match against Hollandia, due to be played on Saturday evening, has been postponed.