Emmanuel Adebayor has risked the wrath of the public after his team posted a video showing off his fleet of expensive cars as ‘motivation’ – days after the player defended his decision to donate money to help fight the coronavirus.
The Instagram account named ‘Team_Adebayor’ posted the video in the hope of inspiring others that they may be able to achieve what the former Tottenham and Manchester City star has in his life.
Starting with a customised Rolls Royce, the video shows off eight more expensive vehicles, including four Mercedes Benz, two Porsches, a BMW and Range Rover.
The caption read: ‘#MondayMotivation This video is not a message to tell you ‘SEA has made it’, but rather to say ‘You can do it too!’ All you need to do is believing in yourself and keep working even when no one is watching. Tag a friend who needs to see this.’
Adebayor, who is currently isolating in his native Togo, refused to give money to help battle the deadly virus before expressing his desire to be able to do as he pleases with his wealth.
The 36-year-old was earning as much as £175,000 a week while at the Etihad Stadium and has amassed millions across the span of his professional career.
But, while currently isolating back in Togo’s capital of Lome, Adebayor doubled down on his no donation stance as the former captain of the national team dismissed the notion of responsibility on his shoulders to use his money to help against COVID-19.
The country, at the time of writing, has 124 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nine people have died from the virus.
Across the entire continent, the health care systems are not as strong as the ones in the UK or USA and Simon Antara, of the African Field Epidemiology Network, explained: ‘We are preparing for disaster.’
But despite the warnings, Adebayor is ‘very clear’ that he will not donate.
‘For those of you who say I don’t donate, let me be very clear, I don’t donate. It is very simple,’ Adebayor said in a Facebook Live video, as reported by Marca.
‘I do what I want and eat what I want. Later, there will be people who will criticise me for the fact that I did not make a donation in Lome (capital of Togo).’
Adebayor has previously gone above and beyond to help those in need back in his native Togo, committing to improving the lives of children back home.
In 2017, he generously revealed he was to financially support 90 children in Togo for an entire year.
He has been seen touring the country and visiting cities like Kara, a northern spot in Togo where he played a match and donated food and school supplies to impoverished children.
Adebayor had been playing in Paraguay with Olimpia before the virus broke out and lockdown measures were introduced to stop the spread. He joined the Paraguayan club on a free transfer from Turkish outfit Kayserispor earlier this year.
He departed the South American country for home, via stops in France and Benin, and there was criticism in some quarters that the former Real Madrid forward had brought the disease back to his country – a suggestion Adebayor strongly refutes.
‘Some think that I was the one who introduced the virus in Lome,’ he added. ‘It is very unfortunate, but this country is like that.’