Trouble does just seem to follow certain players wherever they go and Emmanuel Adebayor seems to be one of them.
Sold by Arsenal and by Manchester City, the Togolese striker left a bad impression on departing both Champions League clubs.
He has also played at Tottenham and is currently contracted with them, though he seems to be frozen out on Seven Sisters Road indefinitely - particularly with the rise of Harry Kane.
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Adebayor has been left out of Tottenham's Premier League and Europa League squads this season by manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
Now, Adebayor has suffered the further indignity of being insulted by his national coach.
Tom Saintfiet of Togo has decided to jettison the forward, using the analogy that "if you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman".
Clearly there has been a clash between coach and player. Saintfiet, however, was surprisingly frank and seemed to effectively end Adebayor's international career.
He said: "For me, it is clear that he is a player who does not want to play for his country anymore."
The source of the feud seems to be that Adebayor did not reply to Saintfiet regarding last week's African Cup qualifier against Djibouti on September 4 by text message or email.
The 31-year-old must have had his reasons for this, having threatened to miss the match in the summer after being stripped of the Togolese captaincy.
One does wonder, though, if this time Adebayor has burned one too many bridges, as he has been left out of Spurs' plans and now also is regarded as persona non grata by his national side.
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