A former Togolese international, Emmanuel Adebayor, had decided to call it quits on his football career at the age of 39 years old.
The striker had played for most of the biggest clubs in the world, with his fame coming from his time at Arsenal. He played for Manchester City and was regarded as a villain by Arsenal fans after celebrating in front of them.
He was voted African Footballer of the Year in 2008 while playing for Arsenal, and later in his career he moved to Olimpia Asunción, where he was made the highest-paid player in the Paraguayan league.
Adebayor represented Togo in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and that was the country’s only appearance in the tournament. In 2010, the striker was involved in a gunfire incident where the country bus was attacked on their way to Angola.
After the incident, the player retired from his national team. In 2013, he returned to the Togo national team and helped them qualify for the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup.
The striker is currently Togo’s all-time leading goal scorer with 32 goals. Adebayor scored 32 goals in 85 matches for Togo. He won the BBC Africa Player of the Year in 2007. In the 2007-08 season, the striker was named among the Premier League PFA of the year.