'My brother stole phones from 21 Monaco players' - Tottenham star Emmanuel Adebayor reveals family problems on Facebook
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has given a lengthy insight into the complicated personal life that has at times overshadowed his career.
The 31-year-old has on occasions been given leave by Tottenham in order to attend to unspecified family business, and on Tuesday night he laid a lot of that bare, offering a possible explanation as to some of the things he has been going through off the field.
In an apparently unprompted Facebook post that amounted to 877 words, Adebayor outlined a lot of the items he has bought his family during his professional career, saying he wanted other families to learn from what he had experienced.
"I have kept these stories for a long time but I think today it is worth sharing some of them with you. It's true that family matters should be solved internally and not in public but I am doing this so that hopefully all families can learn from what happened in mine," he wrote.
"Also keep in mind that none of this is about money."
He went on to say with his first professional wage, aged 17, he "built a house for his family and made sure they are safe" while listing medical treatments he had paid for his mother to have.
The ex-Arsenal man cited the money he had given for his mother to start a "cookie business" and added: "I organised a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage."
Adebayor's complicated family life saw him given time off by Spurs in November - being quoted at the time as saying his mother had been practising black magic on him. His open message now appears to have answered some of the questions as to why he was allowed to return home.
'If I am writing this, the main purpose is not to expose my family members. I just want other African families to learn from this. Thank you," he said at the end of his post.
Here is the Facebook post in full:
"SEA, I have kept these stories for a long time but I think today it is worth sharing some of them with you. It's true that family matters should be solved internally and not in public but I am doing this so that hopefully all families can learn from what happened in mine. Also keep in mind that none of this is about money.
"At the age of 17, with my first wages as a footballer, I built a house for my family and made sure they are safe. As you all know, I have received the trophy of African Player of the Year in 2008. I also brought my mother on stage with me to thank her for everything. In that same year, I brought her to London for various medical check ups. When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn't wanna know hear about it. Reading your recent comments, some people said my family and I should consult T.B Joshua. In 2013, I gave my mother money so she could consult him in Nigeria. She was supposed to stay for 1 week; but 2 days into her stay, I received a call saying she left. Apart from all that l also gave my mother a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items. Naturally, I allowed them to put my name and picture on them so they can sell more. What else can a son do in his power to support his family?
"A couple years ago, I bought a house in East Lagon (Ghana) for $1.2 million. I found it normal to let my older sister, Yabo Adebayor stay in that house. I also allowed my half brother (Daniel) to stay in the same house. A few months later, I was on vacation and decided to go to that house. At my surprise, I saw many cars in the driveway. In fact, my sister decided to rent out the house without me knowing. She also kicked Daniel out of that house. Note that the house had about 15 rooms. When I called her and asked for explanation, she took about 30 minutes to abuse and insult me over the phone. I called my mother to explain the situation and she did the same as my sister. This same sister says I am ungrateful. Ask her about the car she is driving or anything she is selling today?
"My brother Kola Adebayor, has now been in Germany for 25 years. He travelled back home about 4 times, at my expense. I fully cover the cost of his children's education. When I was in Monaco, he came to me and asked for money to start a business. Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?
"When our brother Peter passed away, I sent Kola a great amount of money so he could fly back home. He never showed up at the burial. And today that same brother (Kola) is telling people that I am involved in Peter's death. How? He is the same brother who went and told inaccurate stories about our family to "The Sun" in other to take some money. They also sent a letter to my Club when I was in Madrid so I could get fired.
"When I was in Monaco I thought it would be good to have a family of footballers. So I made sure my brother Rotimi gets into a football academy in France. Within a few months; out of 27 players, he stole 21 phones.
"I would not say any anything about my brother Peter Adebayor because he is not here today. May his soul rest in peace.
"My sister Lucia Adebayor keeps telling people that my dad told me to bring her to Europe. But what would be the purpose to bring her to Europe Everyone is here for a reason.
"I was in Ghana when I received the news about my brother Peter being seriously ill. I drove the fastest I could to Togo in order to meet him and help. When I arrived, my mother said I could not see him and I should just give the money and she would solve everything. Only God knows how much I gave her that day. People are saying I didn't do anything to save my brother, Peter. Am I a fool to drive 2 hours to Togo for nothing?
"I organized a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage.
"Today I am still alive and they have already shared all my goods, just in case I die.
"For all these reasons, it took very long for me to set up my foundation in Africa. Every time I try to help the people in need, they had to question me and all of them thought it was a bad idea.
"If I am writing this, the main purpose is not to expose my family members. I just want other African families to learn from this. Thank you."