Emmanuel Adebayor Admits He Almost Committed Suicide As A Teenager

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Emmanuel Adebayor has shockingly revealed how close he came to taking his own life as a teenager.

Adebayor arrived  Arsenal in 2006 before going on to play for Manchester City , Tottenham and Crystal Palace .

Before joining the Gunners, Adebayor played in France having moved to Europe from Togo as a youngster in a bid to fulfil his dream of becoming a top footballer.

And for the first time, the 35-year-old striker has revealed that the pressure of trying to make it at Metz saw him consider committing suicide.

Speaking to the Daily Mail , he said: “I was 16. All I wanted to do was help my family out but they put huge pressure on me. I could not cope with it.

“When a family is poor, everyone is poor and there is huge solidarity. People will take a bullet for you. But when one makes it, it is like you owe everyone.

“At Metz I was on maybe £3,000 a month. My family asked for a house worth £500,000. The club were tired of me because of my behaviour.

“I remember sitting on my bed one night and thinking ‘What am I doing here? Nobody’s happy with me, so what is the point of living?’

“There was a pharmacy below my apartment, I bought packet after packet of tablets.

“They did not want to sell it to me but I said it was for a charity in Togo. I made the preparations, I drank all the water. I was ready to go.

“Then I called my best friend at midnight. He told me not to rush, that I have things to live for.

“‘You have the potential to change Africa. I thought ‘You are a dream-seller and I am not buying any dreams right now.’

“But he took me out of the moment. I thought God must be keeping for something.”



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