Emmanuel Adebayor biography

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Known as one of the best football players in the world, Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor life story might be so interesting for many around the world. In our article today we are going to take a closer look at Emmanuel Adebayor biography.

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Emanuel Adebayor date of birth

. He was born on 26 February 1984, Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer who plays as a striker. He was born to parents of Yoruba descent in the city of Lomé.

Emanuel Adebayor`s nationality

is Togolese but After a talent scout spotted him playing, he was taken to Metz, France, in 1999. He later moved to Monaco. In 2006 he signed up with Arsenal. He has since played for big European teams like

Manchester City


Real Madrid



Hotspurs. In 2006, Adebayor represented Togo in his first world cup in Germany. The same year, he took part The Africa Cup of Nations. In 2010, Adebayor briefly retired from international football when he and his team’s bus were attacked on their way to The Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Angola. He returned the following year after he was assured of safety. He is currently Togo’s highest goal scorer.

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He has played for Mets, Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Istanbul Basaksehr, Kayseri Hasper and Paraguay's Olimpia Asunción. He was voted African Footballer of the Year in 2008 while playing at Arsenal, and during his beautiful career, he became the most iconic signing in Paraguayan football and the highest paid player in the country's history when he joined Olimpia Asunción in 2020.He has also played 81 national games for the Togolese national football team.

Adebayor represented the Togo national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the country's debut, and to date only, appearance at the World Cup. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team's bus came under gunfire on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, after which he retired from national team duty.​He first shone in Monaco and was bought by Arsenal in 2006 for 3 million. In the three years he played for Arsenal, he scored 46 goals in 104 games, and he became a fast striker and goal scorer. Finally, in 2009, he was bought by Manchester City for 25 million pounds for 4 years.

He is currently Togo's all-time top goalscorer with 32 goals. In 2013, he returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he helped them to qualify for the quarter-finals. Adebayor was transferred to Real Madrid on a loan deal in January 2011 with a permanent transfer fee of € 15 million, with Real bosses paying € 4 million, half of his contract with City, to sign him for six months.

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Emmanuel Adebayor information


  • Full Name:

    Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor​​

  • Nickname:


Personal information

  • Date of birth:

    February 26, 1984 , in Lomé, Maritime Region, Togo

  • Place of birth: 


  • Children:

     Kendra Adebayor

Physical Stats

  • Height:

     6' 3" (1.91 m)

  • Hair color:

     Dark brown

  • Eye color: 


Football information

  • position:


  • Youth career:

    1998–1999 OC agaza ;1999–2001 Metz

Emmanuel Adebayor early llife 

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Emmanuel Adebayor childhood 

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Emmanuel Adebayor was born on the 26th day of February 1984 in Lome, Togo. He was born to his father, Shadrach Adebayo Adeyi and mother, Hajia Adebayor. Adebayor could not walk for the first four years of his life. His mother struggled by taking poor Adebayor around West Africa looking for a cure for his leg issue which was found. Adebayor then spoke about his 'miracle' saying,

 "I was in the church laying down and, around nine or ten o'clock on a Sunday morning, I could hear children playing outside.

Suddenly somebody kicked a ball into the church. And the first person to stand up and run

was me because I wanted to get that ball. This was when I saw my miracle. A day I realized God has destined me to be a footballer "

Adebayor enrolled at his country's local OC Agaza in Togo where he rose up the ranks. He was spotted by Metz Scout, Francis De Taddeo during a youth tournament and was subsequently brought to France. The rest, as they say, is now history.

Emmanuel Adebayor profile

Born in Lomé to parents of Yoruba ethnicity, Adebayor spent most of his youth in Togo, where he attended the Centre de Développement Sportif de Lomé (English: Sports Development Centre of Lomé), also known as Sporting Club de Lomé. Adebayor was spotted playing for Sporting Club de Lomé by scouts from Metz, who brought him to France in 1999. He made his Ligue 1 debut against Sochaux on 17 November 2001. Following Metz's relegation, he played a season in Ligue 2, where 13 goals in 34 league matches prompted a summer 2003 move to Monaco. He featured nine times in Europe as Monaco reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League final against Porto in Gelsenkirchen, for which he was an unused substitute in his club's 3–0 loss.

Style of play 

Upon signing for Arsenal, the club's manager Arsene Wenger likened Adebayor to one of his major influences as a striker, Nwankwo Kanu, and described him as "tall, good in the air" and capable of making good runs behind the defenders. Adebayor even wore the number 25 shirt at Arsenal, like his Idol, and the number 4 shirt at the international level, while he was even given the nickname "Baby Kanu" in the media due to their similar playing styles. He was also known for his pace, strength, and technique, as well as his goalscoring and ability to link up with his teammates. However, he was also notorious for his lack of discipline, in particular in his early career.

Goal celebration 

In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team's bus came under gunfire on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. Adebayor was pictured crying moments after he survived the grisly terrorist attack in Angola in the run-up to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. The attack left the driver and one member of the Togo national football team dead and six others critically injured. Luckily Adebayor survived.

In 2013, Adebayor returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he helped them to qualify for the quarter-finals. He is currently Togo's all-time top goalscorer with 31 goals


The gifted attacker was named Africa's top player for 2008 at an awards ceremony hostedby the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Adebayor beat out nominees Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt and Ghana's Michael Essien in a vote that saw the national team coaches of CAF's 54 member-nations votings. He was accompanied by his mother at the awards ceremony, where he received a crystal trophy and a $20,000 prize. He was the first Togolese player to be recognized as Africa's best player.

Emmanuel Adebayor outside football

He was once the richest player in Africa. With lots of monies in his hands, he does what he does best. Buying very expensive cars as his fans know. Adebayor could be very loosed and clumsy. He once came on a BBC's coverage of Japan vs Cameroon football match without remembering to shut down or put his phone on silent while on air.

Emmanuel Adebayor personal life 

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Emanuel Adebayor`s life story

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Family, Relationship, children

Adebayor's father hails from a little village called Igbaye in 'Odo Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria. His father Shadrack Adebayor Adeyi died in 2005, leaving behind his mother, Hajia Adebayor. His mother is from a neighboring town called Ekusa. Emmanuel has three brothers and three sisters. He is closest to one of his sisters, Iyabo. His younger brother's name is Rotimi Adebayor. The remaining two sisters are Lucia Adebayor (sister), Maggie Adebayor (sister). Peter Adebayor is his late brother. The big news from the British media once depicts Adebayo ostracising his mother, Alice, and accusing her of some kind of witchcraft that has affected his scoring prowess. The world was shocked but it was no shame to this man who has played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and now Tottenham and who, going by his age, should naturally be waning in his marksmanship. dut the con men made him believe his mother was responsible. And he accused her publicly. He had netted two goals in 12 outings for Tottenham before he went gaga with his accusation.

Adebayor is married and has a daughter named Kendra (born June 2010). He is the uncle of Georgia Revolution FC midfielder Alex Harlley.In his infancy, Adebayor and his family lived in an apartment with problems. Adebayor used to wake up at night and gather water in buckets, as they did not have electricity or bathrooms, and that to shower themselves, they would even go to the beach.Togolese footballer and Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor usually keeps his private life private, and much is not known about his wife named Charity Adebayor. He only attends high-profile events mostly in Europe with her. Adebayor and Charity have a daughter whom they named Kendra Adebayor. She was born in June 2010. Kendra in 2013 celebrated her third birthday in a grand style her millionaire father had to put up the best party for her.


Adebayor has spoken about his religion, saying, "Everything I do in life I put in the hands of God, my creator. He gave me the chance to be where I am today and He's the one that can take it all away from me. There is nothing more important for me than God." Adebayor could not walk for the first four years of his life. His mother took young Adebayor around Africa looking for a cure. Adebayor then spoke about his "miracle" saying, "I was in the church laying down and, around nine or ten o'clock on a Sunday morning, I could hear children playing outside. Suddenly somebody kicked a ball into the church. And the first person to stand up and run was me because I wanted to get that ball."

Adebayor is a strong donor to his native country in Africa as he pays back to the society

Legal issues

On 5 May 2015, Adebayor made a lengthy post on his public Facebook page describing his family troubles. These troubles included several relatives asking for large amounts of money, his sister renting out a house he had bought for her without him knowing, and complications surrounding the death of his brother Peter. In July 2017, Adebayor stated in an interview regarding his family issues that his late brother had sent an official letter to Real Madrid asking them to not keep Adebayor on after his loan spell.

Emmanuel Adebayor career statistic

Club career


On 13 January 2006, Premier League club Arsenal signed Adebayor for a reported £3 million. He was given the nickname "Baby Kanu" due to his resemblance to former Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu, whom Adebayor had idolized as a youth. On 4 February 2006, Adebayor made his Arsenal debut in a Premier League match at Birmingham City and scored after 21 minutes, with Arsenal winning 2–0. Adebayor was cup-tied for Arsenal's run to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

On 28 April, Adebayor scored his second hat-trick for Arsenal after coming off the bench at halftime in a 6–2 victory against Derby County, making him the only player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick home and away against the same side in the same season. Although Arsenal finished the season empty-handed, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. Adebayor's second goal against Tottenham won Match of the Day's Goal of the Season competition for the 2007–08 season. He was also awarded the BBC African Footballer of the Year for his performance in 2008.

Loan to Real Madrid

  • Adebayor with Real Madrid

On 25 January 2011, Adebayor signed a loan deal to play for Real Madrid for the remainder of the 2010–11 season. Adebayor scored his first goal for Real Madrid in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The game ended 2–0 with an aggregate score of 3–0.

The following weekend, he scored his first goal in La Liga against Real Sociedad, again at the Santiago Bernabéu. The game ended 4–1 and Adebayor scored the last goal within the last 3 minutes of the game. On 6 March 2011, Adebayor scored the opening goal in the 24th minute against Racing de Santander from a Mesut Özil pass. Adebayor was heavily criticized for his performance against Sporting de Gijón, especially for missing many chances. Adebayor added two goals to his European tally for Madrid with goals against Tottenham Hotspur in a 4–0 win on 5 April 2011. He won his first winner's medal at Real Madrid on 20 April, coming on as a second-half substitute in his side's 1–0 win over Barcelona in the 2011 Copa del Rey final.

Adebayor returned to Manchester City after the Spanish season had finished, but was omitted from their pre-season tour of the United States on 11 July 2011 and later risked a £300,000 fine for refusing to train with the club's reserve and youth teams.

  • Tottenham Hotspur

On 25 August 2011, Tottenham Hotspur signed Adebayor on a season-long loan. On 10 September 2011, Adebayor scored on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 67th minute. On 18 September 2011, he scored twice on his home debut in a 4–0 win against Liverpool, his second strike marking the 100th league goal of his senior career.

Adebayor also provided the assist for Rafael van der Vaart's goal in their 2–1 North London derby win against former club Arsenal on 2 October. He scored his fourth and fifth goal for Tottenham in their 2–0 win against Aston Villa on 21 November, the first with an overhead kick and the second after a mistake from Villa defender James Collins. He scored another two goals in Tottenham's 3–1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Later on, Adebayor went on to score a further two goals – one a penalty at Stoke City, and one in a derby against Chelsea where the score ended 1–1.

Adebayor in action for Tottenham Hotspur in November 2014. He scored a goal on 8 May against Chelsea in a 2–2 draw from outside the penalty box to bring the game level to 1–1. He then scored the winning goal on the following Sunday (12 May 2013) to give Tottenham a 2–1 win at Stoke City on a cross from Clint Dempsey in the 83rd minute.He ended the season as Spurs' top goalscorer with 14 goals from 25 appearances after scoring in their final Premier League match on 11 May 2014, a 3–0 defeat of Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. He was released from his Tottenham contract by mutual consent on 13 September 2015.

  • Manchester City

Adebayor in Manchester City colors.

On 18 July 2009, Adebayor signed a five-year contract with Manchester City for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £25 million. He scored a goal on his debut for City against Blackburn with a shot from 18 yards in the third minute. On his home debut, Adebayor scored in the 17th minute in a 1–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, assisted by fellow summer signing Carlos Tevez. He scored in his third consecutive Premier League match, heading the winner in a 1–0 away victory against Portsmouth.

  • Crystal Palace

On 26 January 2016, Adebayor joined Premier League side Crystal Palace on a six-month deal until the end of the season. He scored his only goal for the club on 13 February in an ultimate 2–1 loss to Watford in the Premier League. On 13 June 2016, it was confirmed that Adebayor would be released upon the expiry of his Palace contract on 30 June.

  • İstanbul Başakşehir

On 31 January 2017, Adebayor signed a contract with Süper Lig club İstanbul Başakşehir until June 2018.He scored six goals in 11 league games over the remainder of the season, including a hat-trick on 10 April in a 4–0 home win over Galatasaray, as his team finished runners-up.He added another goal from five Turkish Cup games, where his team was again runners-up.

Adebayor scored another hat-trick against Galatasaray on 19 November 2017, in a 5–1 win at the Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

On 20 June 2019, Adebayor left İstanbul Başakşehir.

  • Kayserispor

On 26 August 2019, Adebayor joined Turkish Süper Lig side Kayserispor on a one-year contract. He left the club in December 2019

International career

Before we finish Emanuel Adebayor biography let`s have a look at his fantastic international career.

Adebayor playing for Togo in May 2006. Adebayor was also eligible to play for Nigeria but chose to represent the country of his birth, Togo.Adebayor helped Togo qualify for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations after scoring 11 goals in the qualifiers, more than any other player in the African qualifiers. Adebayor helped Togo to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and started all three group matches against South Korea, Switzerland and France, but did not score any goals and Togo ended up in last place in their group. Adebayor was made team captain after the finals.

Adebayor subsequently returned to international duty in November 2011 following assurances from the Togolese Football Federation regarding safety,making his comeback in a 1–0 win over Guinea-Bissau in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.After refusing to play earlier in the year, he was recalled again in November 2018.In March 2019, he was selected for the decisive 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Benin.


  • Monaco

UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2003–04

  • Arsenal

Football League Cup runner-up: 2006–07

  • Real Madrid

Copa del Rey: 2010–11

  • Crystal Palace

FA Cup runner-up: 2015–16

  • Togo

Four Nations Tournament (Ghana) third place: 2007

  • Individual

BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2007

African Player of the Year: 2008

BBC Goal of the Season: 2007–08

Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2007–08




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