Emmanuel Adebayor, a former striker for the Premier League, has declared his retirement from the sport at the age of 39.
Adebayor played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, and Crystal Palace during his more than 10 years in England. He has already announced his retirement in a strange Instagram video.
The brief film included a footage of his iconic goal for City against his old team Arsenal in 2009, which is undoubtedly the most remembered of his career. He celebrated the score by sprinting across the field in front of the Arsenal supporters after it.
“SEA, from the highs to the lows, my career as a professional player has been a fantastic trip,” Adebayor wrote beside the video.
“I want to thank my followers for supporting me at every turn. I’m grateful for everything and eager for what lies ahead.
Afterwards, Adebayor scrawled the words “Thanks for the blessings!!!” on a piece of paper.
Adebayor only featured two goals during his time at City in his retiring video.
The attacker did, however, enjoy some memorable experiences at his past teams, including his 2008 African Footballer of the Year victory at Arsenal.
He also won the Togo Footballer of the Year award five times in a row between 2005 and 2009, and there were pictures of him in the movie sporting the flag of his own country.
In the Togo team bus that was targeted by terrorists in 2010 as it traveled to Angola for the competition, Adebayor was a passenger. In the incident, three individuals died and nine others were wounded.
During his tenure in England, he scored 97 Premier League goals while playing for Spurs, Arsenal, and Man City.
Emmanuel Adebayor retired from football
Adebayor spent the most of his prime years in England, although he also had brief stays at Real Madrid in 2011 and Metz in France at the beginning of his career.
Adebayor spent time in Madrid after returning to England, spending three years at Tottenham and six months at Palace before relocating to Turkey at the beginning of 2017 to join Istanbul Basaksehir.
He later played for the Turkish team Kayserispor before trying his luck with Olimpia in Paraguay.
After more than two decades as a professional, he has decided to retire from the sport. He completed his career at Semassi in his own country.