Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor better known as Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese striker, was born on February 26, 1984 in Lome, Togo. His parents are Nigerians as they were born in the Osun State in south-west Nigeria. He has played for FC Metz and AS Monaco before moving to Arsenal on January 13, 2006.
Emmanuel Adebayor was responsible for qualifying Togo to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany with his brilliant 11 goals.
Starting his career from a training camp in Lome, he was first spotted by French club, FC Metz in 1999. Top clubs took notice of him only after the 2002-2003 season where he scored 17 goals in 35 games. His brilliant football skills fetched 7 goals in 17 matches for AS Monaco, the club he represented in the 2003-2004 season. His outstanding play qualified AS Monaco for the final of the UEFA Champions League.
In his Arsenal debut match against Birmingham City in 2006, Arsenal won (2-0) where he scored at the 21st minute. Within 10 matches, Emmanuel Adebayor scored 4 goals for Arsenal by the end of the 2005-06 season. By scoring the winning goal for Arsenal (1-0) against Manchester United, he proved his mettle at Old Trafford. His impressive game and brilliant goal for Arsenal helped his team to qualify for the quarter finals of the League Cup against the powerful Everton FC, on November 8, 2006. He has scored 26% of Arsenal goals with his head, the one scored by Emmanuel Adebayor, which contributed to the Gunners (3-0) win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premiership on December 2, 2006, was a header too.
He scored an impressive goal for the Arsenal to win (3-1) against Portsmouth in the 2007-2008 season. Emmanuel Adebayor recorded his first hat-trick on September 22, 2007 where Arsenal won Derby County with an outstanding 5-0 score. By scoring his 100th goal at Emirates against Newcastle United FC, he contributed to his team’s (3-0) victory. Emmanuel Adebayor contributed greatly for the Arsenal to win the Emirates Cup of 2007. Both the 2007 and 2008 Amsterdam Tournament witnessed his brilliant performances to give Arsenal, commendable victory.
Though Arsenal could not win the Premiership of the 2007-2008 season, Emmanuel Adebayor was a consistent player scoring for Arsenal in every match he participated. In the 2008 Premier League, he scored against AC Milan at the San Siro, against Manchester United at the Old Trafford, and also against Reading FC. His magnificent second hat-trick came on April 28, 2008 against Derby County giving Arsenal a stupendous (6-2) victory. For his achievements, Emmanuel Adebayor was named in the PFA ‘Team of the Year’ (2007-2008) and also a competitor for the Golden Boot. Emmanuel Adebayor has won the ‘Goal of the month’ in (2007-2008) in September and ‘Goal of the Season’.
Following his idol, Nigerian striker, Nwankwo Kanu, Emmanuel Adebayor shares a striking resemblance to him. Nicknamed “Baby Kanu”, he also chose to wear shirt number 25 for Arsenal and number 4 when playing for the national team just like Nwankwo Kanu.