From Arsenal to Manchester City, followed by a short stint at Spanish giants Real Madrid, Emmanuel Adebayor has certainly made it to the ranks of a Togolese legend. Since starting his career from Arsenal, Adebayor’s career is laden with glories and controversies, having played for Arsenal after leaving Monaco FC for a fee of around 3million pounds, the Togolese International has also played for exactly the opposite side of London, Tottenham. Whether or not you like him as a fan is another thing, but he has the tendency to make his impact whenever he is on the pitch.
‘’Adebayor, give him a ball, and he will score’’ Fans chant towards the tall forward
Like most of the African players around the globe, Adebayor has been a target for racist fans. During his time at Real Madrid as a loanee, Adebayor was targeted by his current employers, with Tottenham fans showing their abuse towards their future star in a game which the Spurs lost 4-0.
It is astonishing that a player who has survived in typically one of the most racist league in the world, the Russian league, lost his cool when the Inter Milan fans went berserk after his goal detested the San Siro giants to complete a comeback in Europa league pre-quarter finals.
UEFA fined Inter Milan a fine of around 25k Euros after their fans’ abuse towards the towering striker
Career highs and lows:
Like almost all the players in the world of football, Emmanuel Adebayor has suffered some setbacks during his career. First of all we will look at the lows that Adebayor has to withstand during his career:-
- Explode upon AVB:
Emmanuel Adebayor seems to be a writer for his own difficulties during his time in England. During a one on one conversation with AVB, Adebayor described his tactics as useless, a move that nearly finished his career training with the youth team, with only the sacking of AVB came to his rescue
“I told him: ‘Your ideas will not help the team’,” the 29-year-old said.
- Celebration against Arsenal:
If you think Robin Van Persie’s celebration against Arsenal was weird, the African celebration was a noteworthy event. Just after months of leaving for City for a fee of around 25million pounds, Adebayor made a Steven Gerrard esque celebration in front of the Arsenal fans, a move that led him to receive a ban from the FA.
“I was being abused by people who six months ago were singing my name. The abuse was for no reason’’ the 29 year old defended
- Enjoying defeat to Liverpool:
In Tottenham humbling to Liverpool this season, a match which proved to be last for AVB, Adebayor later celebrated this defeat with Assou-Ekotu, a move that was more intended towards AVB then towards Tottenham. However, the Sours fans take it heavily and Adebayor later apologized for his actions.
That picture was taken BEFORE the game. I couldn’t possibly know the score. I would NEVER DO THAT. That pose is how I pose in all my pictures…” Adebayor
In spite of not being a world class footballer, Adebayor has hit skies during his career. Here are some of the impressions from the past:-
- First ever hat trick:
Emanuel Adebayor scored his first hat trick for Manchester City in their Uefa Champions leahue game against Lech Poznan. However besides having a much needed break, this hat trick included him in City’s all time history books.
Emanuel Adebayor is the first ever Manchester City player to score a hat trick in a European competition.
- Nicknamed the ‘’Baby Kanu’’:
When Adebayor joined for Arsenal, he was nicknamed by the fans the ‘’Baby Kanu’’ showing huge respect for the Togolese International, after a forward Kanu who was involved in certain Arsenal trophy laden seasons. Adebayor then gone on to score 62 goals for Arsenal in 132 games before moving to Manchester City.
Adebayor ranked at number 12 in Forbes magazine list if highest paid footballers. He earns around 16.7million dollars a year
- African footballer of the Year:
One of the major accolades during his career is this achievement. He berated Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure and Chelsea striker Drogba to claim the African footballer of the year award in 2008. In addition to this, he is the all-time top goal scorer for Togo.
The 29 year old is now earning 100k per week at Tottenham after signing a permanent deal with Spurs on 21 August 2012. He used to earn 120k a week at City, however, the gradual reduction in his form helped Tottenham to grasp him for a much lower amount.
Tottenham signed Adebayor for a mere 5million pounds, an absolute bargain if you consider that City paid 25million for the 29year old.
So taking everything into account, it will be difficult that City get paid more than 15million if they decide to cash on the London based striker.
Here is the list of accolades Adebayor has collected in his industrious yet not illustrious career.
- Copa Del Ray (1)
- PFA team of the year (1)
- BBC African footballer of the year (2011)
- Togo footballer of the year (4)
- African player of the year (1)