Here some interesting facts about the Togolese football star Emmanuel Adebayor :
1. He was born in Lome, Togo and is regarded by pundits as one of the best talents to emerge from Africa.
2. A search of his names, “Emmanuel Adebayor” on Google returns a million plus results within 0.35 seconds.
3. He rose to international fame moments after signing for Arsenal from Monaco in 2006, for a reported £3 million deal.
4. Adebayor and his Togo team-mates wrote their names into the history books in 2006 when they qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup for the very first time. Considering that only five national teams qualify from Africa to represent a continent of around 52 potential qualifiers, this was an incredible feat for the Togolese, who went on to lose all three group stage matches.
5. He was pictured crying moments after survived a gristly terrorist attack in Angola in the run up to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, that left one member of the Togo national football team dead and six others critically injured.
6. The Togolese striker has a charitable foundation of his own, that contributes to building infrastructure projects in Africa. An example of the type of charitable work he is doing is the launching of two water projects in the twin cities of Hamile and Koro in Ghana, or other smaller infrastructure projects in his homeland.
7. He was handed a three match ban by the Football Association in England following a stamp on the head of former Arsenal teammate Robin Van Persie. The incident occurred during a league match involving his then club Manchester City against Arsenal. He later issued a public apology over the incident “it is true that if someone did that to me it would hurt and annoy me. I regret it, for sure.
8. In that same match, which Manchester City won 4-2, he sparked the wrath of his former club fans by running the full length of the pitch to celebrate a goal he scored in front of them. He later apologized for the incident.
9. He was handed an indefinite compassionate leave by Tottenham last December so as to go attend personal matters in his native Togo. At the time it was believed he had asked for permission to go attend to a sick family member.
10. He has had several run-ins with his immediate family in recent times. Last November, he accused his siblings and mother of using “juju” or withcraft on him. Earlier this week, he accused his family members on Facebook of extortion and theft. His sister Lucia has since responded, calling him a liar.
11. The former Arsenal player has had to deal with racist abuse at various times in his career, with his goal scoring exploits often irritating opposition fans, who on occasion resort to the disgusting behaviour involving racist chanting and abuse. Racism is unfortunately still a problem in European football, with some players from Africa and of African descent experiencing instances of abuse targeted at them by unruly and idiotic supporters.
12. The club that started Adebayor’s European career was French side Metz, who scouted him and brought him to France in in 1999. The striker finally made his Ligue 1 debut for Metz against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on November 17, 2001, at the age of 17. In 2003 he left his first French club and joined Monaco.