Emmanuel Adebayor played for Real Madrid – we must never forget this truly unfathomable moment in football; the biggest club in world football once deemed the lazy, disinterested and ridiculous man, that is Adebayor, to be worthy of their iconic white kit.
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The Togo striker, who is currently out at the African Cup Of Nations despite having no club since the end of last season (says all you need to know about the AFCON), has had a career blighted with controversy, delusion and greed – there’s plenty more ‘moments’ to come, too, no doubt.
Shame really, because the one-time Arsenal striker isn’t too bad of a player. And the following story from former Fulham tower, Brede Hangeland, sums up the renegade that is Manu, perfectly:
“Only played with him for six months but a quick story:
“I played for Fulham and he played for Spurs. We were attacking and I was marking Adebayor in the midfield, suddenly he says “ahhh, I’m hungry”. I replied “what?”. “I can’t wait for the game to finish, I’m so hungry. Do you know a good restaurant in London Hangeland?
“Later when he came to Palace I started to realised where this came from. When we had strength workouts he would sit in the gym with just a cup of coffee and a muffin. He was being paid by City, Tottenham and Palace at the same time, and he was sitting in the gym drinking coffee. Incredible natural talent, very lazy.”
Sadly, Hangeland never did reveal which restaurant he recommended for his starving fellow professional. But all we do know is, that wherever Adebayor ended up that night, he would’ve been dressed impeccably.
The ‘snake’ XI who didn’t mind committing the ultimate football sin
GK) Peter Schmeichel
Perhaps slightly harsh on the Danish giant. But, it seems that the chaps between the sticks, are quite loyal in general. Still, how could the United legend go to Man City?! Anywhere else. Anywhere!!
DF) Ashley Cole
Ashley is not a popular man in many places. Definition of a snake with the way the defender treated Cheryl Cole as well...terrible! Oh, and that whole tapping up nonsense, when making the swap across London, from Arsenal to Chelsea. Despicable. Source: Sportskeeda
DF) Sol Campbell
Sol, Sol, Sol. You are a very brave bloke. Tottenham to Arsenal?! The most high-profile switch in the Premier League era, the guy was getting to his peak, and becoming one of England's best defenders. Still, he clearly made a great decision, when joining the best club in north London. Source: Huffington Post
LM) Luis Figo
Most wanted man in Barcelona. The Catalan fans famously threw a pig's head at the winger when the Portuguese played for Real Madrid. Bit far? Naaaaa, the bloke's an absolute scumbag. Overrated as well, if you ask us. Source: The Richest Images
CM) Fabian Delph
The laughing stock of the 2015 transfer window, and the midlands biggest u-turn man. Just what was going through Fabian's head?! I don't think he's got the answer, we don't think anyone does. Source: Sky Sports
RM) Nick Barmby
Only one of nine players to score for six different Premier League clubs. And two of them were Liverpool and Everton. Cardinal sin. Source: Turn Style
LF) Carlos Tevez
Could've become a club legend at so many teams, if he just stuck around for more than five minutes. Source: Batn Goal
ST) Emmanuel Adebayor
Captain Muppet, himself. Source: Guim
ST) Gonzalo Higuaín
The jump from Napoli to Juventus caused outcry in Italy. Shirts were burnt in the streets, and pizza was offered to be given for free if the Argentine became injured. Source: You Tube
RF) Kenny Miller
Thank god the Old Firm Derby is back in Scotland. The rilvary between the two is ferocious, and Kenny Miller jumping from one side of Glasgow to the other shows a striker had plenty of steel. Source: The Richest Images
CM) Cesc Fabregas
Saying, "If I ever wear a Chelsea shirt, you have permission to kill me"?. Yep, probably not the best comments to say as an Arsenal player. Source: ibtimes