25 January 2011
Emmanuel Adebayor is the most recent player to sign for Real Madrid. The 26-year old is already a Premier League veteran and an icon of his native Togo. It isn’t the first time that the 2008 African Player of the Year joins a team in the winter transfer market. He signed for Arsenal in January 2006 and in only 21 minutes of his first match with the Gunners scored his first goal. Adebayor is tall and strong and possesses the speed and talent that the Santiago Bernabeu has grown accustom to watching.
After a brief stint with Sporting Club de Lome in Togo, Adebayor joined France’s Metz in 1999. The striker needed only two years of youth football before receiving the nod to join the first team in 2001. Over the course of his first two seasons in Ligue 1 football, Adebayor caught the eye of Monaco scouts and in 2003 he signed with the Monegasque side. In only his first season, the Red and Whites reached the Champions League final but lost to Porto, then coached by Jose Mourinho. Two and half seasons later, Adebayor was on his way to England to play for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger new he had a special player in Adebayor, who needed only 21 minutes to score his first goal for the Gunners and who would go on to score 81 goals in England. In his first year in the Premier League, he also led Arsenal to their second ever Champions League final and scored four goals in the ten UCL matches played.
Not only did Adebayor score 62 goals in his three and a half seasons with Arsenal, he also became the go-to guy on a team that stood out for its quality football. In doing so, the Togo international was named the 2008 African Player of the Year.
In the summer of 2009, Adebayor made the switch to Manchester City, where he scored 14 goals in his first season and has five goals in 12 matches played during the current campaign.
Although he has already retired from international football since his team’s bus came under deadly attack during the 2010 African Cup of Nations, Adebayor can be attributed with helping Togo reach World Cup 2006, the first final ever for the small African nation.
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