Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made a string of accusations against his family, who he claims are using him for money.
And the troubled Togolese also revealed he has turned to Chelsea title-winner Didier Drogba to help him resolve his difficulties.
The under-achieving frontman has often been accused of prioritising his bank account, having developed a habit of performing at his best shortly before negotiating new terms at his various clubs.
Before agreeing a permanent deal with Tottenham in 2012, Adebayor admitted: “We all play football to get money. I’m from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I will keep doing this until the end of my career.”
But in a long post on his Facebook account yesterday, Adebayor detailed the extent to which his close family have relied on his income and hit out at their lack of appreciation.
He describes buying a $1.2 million house in Ghana for his sister and half-brother, only to turn up for a visit to find his sister had let the property without him knowing.
“Note that the house had about 15 rooms. When I called her and asked for explanation, she took about 30 minutes to abuse and insult me over the phone,” wrote Adebayor.
He talks about paying for the education of his brother Kolo’s children, as well as giving him money to set up a business in Germany. “Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?”
Adebayor also claims he gave Kolo money to fly home to Togo for the funeral of another brother Peter, but insists Kolo never showed. And he provides a tragic account of his own dash home for the sad event.
“I was in Ghana when I received the news about my brother Peter being seriously ill. I drove the fastest I could to Togo in order to meet him and help. When I arrived, my mother said I could not see him and I should just give the money and she would solve everything. Only God knows how much I gave her that day. People are saying I didn’t do anything to save my brother, Peter. Am I a fool to drive two hours to Togo for nothing?”
Adebayor describes giving his mother “a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items”. Naturally, I allowed them to put my name and picture on them so they can sell more. What else can a son do in his power to support his family?”
Yet the forlorn forward provides a stark account of a happier moment in his life.
’When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn’t wanna know hear about it.”
Adebayor insists the rant is not meant to expose family members, but to help “other African families to learn from this.”
In a separate Facebook post, Adebayor reveals the advice Ivory Coast striker Drogba gave him:
“Many people requested that I take advice from the living legend Didier Drogba. Recently, I sat down with the man himself and the main advice he gave me was to do what pleases me and what makes me happy. Moreover, I should also tell my family to go find a job to do.”
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