Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor retires from football at 39
Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor confirmed his retirement at the age of 39.
Emmanuel Adebayor announced on Tuesday that he has decided to retire at the age of 39.
Adebayor started his professional career in 2001 with Metz. He later joined Monaco in 2003 and then signed for Arsenal in 2006. Manchester City signed him in July 2009 in a deal worth £25 million.
After falling out of favour under then Man City manager Roberto Mancini, Adebayor joined Real Madrid for a short loan spell in January 2011. He later moved to Tottenham in August of that year.
The ex-Togo international played for Crystal Palace, Istanbul Basaksehir, Kayserispor, and Olimpia in recent years before returning to Togo with Semassi in July 2021.
He played for Togo at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and is currently Togo's all-time top goalscorer with 32 goals.
Announcing his retirement with a video on Instagram, Adebayor wrote:
"SEA, from the highs to the lows, my career as a professional athlete has been an incredible journey.
"Thank you to my fans for being there every step of the way. I'm feeling so grateful for everything, and excited for what's to come!”
Adebayor scored 205 goals in 591 games during his club career. He won the African Player of the Year award in 2008.
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