Emmanuel Adebayor has claimed on social media that his brothers held a knife to his throat when he played for Monaco because they wanted money.
Adebayor describes how he woke up to find his siblings, Kola and Peter, standing over him at his apartment in the French Riviera. Peter passed away in July 2013 and Adebayor claims Kola accuses him of his death.
In an astonishing 1,649-word post on Facebook, Adebayor also revealed he has contemplated committing suicide ‘many times’ and that his sister Iyabo would often have to convince him not to kill himself.
It was after a training session with Monaco that Adebayor returned home and woke to find a knife held against him by his two brothers, who had previously arrived at his apartment uninvited.
‘I was very tired and decided to go take a nap,’ the 31-year-old revealed on Wednesday. ‘I woke up and a knife was held to my throat. As I opened my eyes, both of my brothers were there.
‘They were shouting and they claimed that I was wasting their time. Peter was going mad and Kola was supporting.
‘I asked them: “Is this the only way to solve this issue? If yes, then kill me and take the money.” It’s only at that moment that he put the knife down.’
Blood is thicker than water
Adebayor phoned his mother, Alice, before contacting the police, which he later claims was held against him by his family as he was accused of being a ‘bad person’ for doing so.
The Togo international allowed his brothers to stay because ‘blood is thicker than water’, but gave Kola an unknown amount of money as soon as possible ‘for my own safety’.
Kola blamed Adebayor for Peter’s death because the shop he bought for him ‘was not good enough’, and he would receive texts from his older brother telling him his ‘career would be destroyed’.
Adebayor’s last appearance for Tottenham was against his former club Manchester City on May 3
Tottenham striker Adebayor uploaded this picture on to his Facebook with his previous 877-word statement
Adebayor recently spoke to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to seek advice regarding his personal problems
He adds that Kola did not attend Peter’s funeral, despite Adebayor sending him money to travel from Africa to Germany.
Adebayor, whose last appearance for Tottenham was against his former club Manchester City on May 3 in the Barclays Premier League, reveals his experiences almost led him to take his own life.
‘Many times I wanted to give up,’ Adebayor added. ‘Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide? I kept these stories for years.
‘But If I die, no one would know my story, no one would learn from it. Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself; someone has to talk about it.
Adebayor previously released ‘part one’ and ‘part two’ on Facebook and ‘part three’ is just as astonishing
‘I know people would relate to my story and others would learn from it. For every one who knows me, I’d do anything for my country and my people. Final message from the younger brother to the older brother: Quit Smoking and Quit Drinking. That was my story.’
The first installment, an 877-word Facebook post, claimed his brother, Rotimi, stole 21 mobile phones from a French football academy he had got him a place in, and that he was not allowed to visit now-decreased Peter when he was ‘seriously ill’.
Adebayor’s second installment, consisting of 1,041 words, accused Rotimi of stealing a shirt given to him by the late Marc-Vivien Foe, a jersey that belonged to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, and a £25,000 Cartier necklace the Tottenham striker had bought for his mother.