FAMILY ALMOST DROVE ME TO COMMIT SUICIDE- ADEBAYOUR

Emmanuel Adebayor says his family repeatedly drove him to the brink of SUICIDE.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker said they tormented him with non-stop pleas for money while not caring about his wellbeing.

The Togo Star, 33, is now with Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir after a brief spell with Crystal Palace

He told French magazine Lequipe: “I felt like killing myself so many times. I kept this to myself for years and years.

“I am disgusted that things reached this stage, but I feel relieved to have talked about it.

“My football career will be finished in three or four years. By contrast my family name will remain with me – together with these people.

 Togo legend Emmanuel Adebayor hugs his mother as he attends a ceremony to receive the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year trophy

Things are hard to bear when you are working hard to lift your family our of poverty, but they are still opposed to you.

“I have always told my younger brothers that we have been manipulated by our families

I often change my phone number so that my family can’t contact me.

“They call me, not to ask how I am, but to demand money. That was the case after I injured my hamstring while with Tottenham.

 Emmaneul Adebayor has got his career off the ground again in Istanbul

Adebayour in the colors of Instabul Basakeshir

“They rang me while I was having a scan to ask me if I could pay a kid’s school fees.

Adebayor has had a difficult year after raitng his move to Palace as the “only mistke” he made during his Premier League career.

He said French football newspaper L’equipe last month: “I truly experienced some beautiful moments in England, at the heart of the country’s best teams.

“I was happy over there, and my family was as well.

The only mistake I made was to sign for Crystal Palace in January 2016.

“I made the decision to please my advisers.

“They were telling me: ‘Manu, you’ve got to get back playing again!’

“But it is definitely the worst decision I have made in my entire career

 Emmanuel Adebayor scored five times in 14 games on loan for Real Madrid in 2011

Adebayor in Real Madrid colors in 2011

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