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Emmanuel Adebayor's theory about why Real Madrid didn't want him

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It's hard to know what to make of Emmanuel Adebayor's career.

Any striker who has Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham on their CV has presumably got something in their locker.

Yet, the 33-year-old has undoubtedly gone downhill.

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The last half-decent season he had was in 2013/2014, when he scored 13 goals and assisted another four for Spurs.

Since then, he's been at Crystal Palace, a move he recently described as the worst decision of his career. Harsh.

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And now he's with a Turkish club, Istanbul Basaksehir, who you've probably never heard of.

Ask most fans for their opinion on the controversial Togolese, and they'll give you two words: wasted talent.

What went wrong? 

While he was a top finisher in his day, there's always been something - well, frankly bizarre - about Adebayor.

For instance, it's baffling that a forward who once had such a knack for goalscoring has been so unpopular among so many fans.

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Can that just be bad luck, or does he have a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way?

The man himself has a theory about why things didn't work out at one of his many clubs, Real Madrid.

Sadly, some of Adebayor's troubles have been of his own making, but others have not. His family problems have been well-documented, and it seems they played a role in his brisk departure from the Bernabeu.

Adebayor's personal difficulties 

Speaking to the BBC about why Jose Mourinho didn't keep him on after his loan spell in 2011, he explained:

"I had done everything to stay in Real Madrid but because of my late brother, I couldn't stay there.

"He sent a letter, an official letter from Adebayor's family to the club [saying] that they should not keep me.

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"I'm not saying that's why they did not keep me, but it can be part of it. Even if it's 10 per cent, it is a lot."

The interview won't change everyone's opinion of him, but it might to some way towards explaining some of the erratic behaviour he's displayed throughout his career.

After Madrid, he headed to White Hart Lane and enjoyed some early success under Harry Redknapp.

By the end of his time there, however, he was booed whenever he came off the bench - so it's no wonder he wishes he'd been more highly valued by Real.

Were Madrid right to let Adebayor go? Have your say in the comments. 

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