Emmanuel Adebayor has told how his own family repeatedly drove him to the the brink of suicide with demands for money.
The Togo international, who played for, Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City Tottenham, Real Madrid and Crystal Palace spoke to French magazine, So Foot, about his predicaments after years of silence.
“I felt like killing myself so many times; Adebayor said. 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.
“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.
“They rang me while I was having a scan to ask me if I could pay a kid’s school fees.
“At least ask me first how I am before you do this!”
Adebayor 33, now plays in Turkey for Istanbul Basaksehir.