Controversial striker Emanuel Adebayor has signed for Turkish club Basaksehir on an 18 month deal. He will play in front of only 3000 fans but still take home a healthy paycheck. It has been reported that he will earn £3.9 million over the next 18 months.
The club announced that the striker who played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was joining by posting a picture of the player undergoing a medical on its Instagram page.
Adebayor has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season. Despite not having a club, he served as captain of the Togo national team during their disastrous 2017 African Cup of Nations campaign, where they were eliminated in the first round.
Adebayor will earn in the region of £50 000 a week. The little known club have been a surprise package in the Turkish league this season and surprisingly are placed second on the log behind Besiktas. They will certainly hope that Adebayor can bang in goals to make the dream of winning the Turkish Super League a reality.
Adebayor spent a large portion of his career in the English Premier League and had indicated that he would have liked to play again in the Premiership.
One can presume that the salary on offer was what convinced Adebayor to join the club. At 32, he may be still capable of banging in the goals especially in the Turkish Super League where the defenders are not as gifted as is the case in England.
He can also take inspiration from fellow African Samuel Eto’o who is doing well in Turkey. The 35 year old currently has eight goals and two assists from sixteen games this season for Antalyspor. Altogether he has bagged 28 goals since arriving in Turkey in 2015.