Emmanuel Adebayor, currently employed by Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, spent at least part of his summer vacation engaging in a meeting with the president of the nation of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe. The 33-year-old used to play for Real Madrid, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Manchester City, and has scored 30 goals in 75 appearances with the Togo national squad, making him the top goalscorer in Togo international football history. Adebayor was also the first ever Togolese footballer to win the African Player of the Year Award in 2008. He is engaged in charity work with many local Togolese communities, including Kpalime, Lome, Sokode, Kara. Adebayor continues to provide grants and financial aid towards providing food and school supplies to those towns. For example, Adebayor recently raised over 16,000 pounds for the construction of a secondary school in Kodjoviakope, the neighborhood that he grew up in. “I want to make this learning place clean and accessible to all young folks in the area,” Adebayor wrote in a social media post showing the donation ceremony. Adebayor has also made a commitment to provide financial support for 90 students for the next year. Adebayor’s reputation in Togo is so strong that he has even been appointed as a chief of a tribe.
Emmanuel Adebayor has just been appointed as chief of a tribe in his native Togo.
What a man. 🇹🇬 pic.twitter.com/6MRbonZswv
— Team FA (@TeamFA) June 24, 2017
On a more extravagant note, Adebayor recently took a photograph of him atop a Can-Am Spyder, with the caption, “Have a great start to the week everybody.” The Spyder usually sells for 18,000 pounds on the open market. Adebayor was already known as the owner of a SpyRider, the two-wheel version of the Spyder.
As for his role in Europe, Adebayor impressed with a performance that helped Basaksehir finish in second place in this Turkish Super Lig season. Swansea of the English Premier League is rumored to have presented a 2.6 million pound deal in order to acquire Adebayor.