Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured with his mother Alice in Togo at the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2007 awards) has found himself in the middle of a bizarre family feud
The mother of a millionaire Premier League footballer has been left heartbroken after her son claimed that she was practising black magic on him.
Emmanuel Adebayor has found himself in the middle of a bizarre family feud after suggesting that his mother was a witch.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker’s family, who live in Africa, accused the star of kicking his mother out of her home.
They claim that the footballer’s decision to cut ties with his mother has left her earning just £1-a-day from selling tomatoes.
The 30-year-old star, who earns £170,000-a-week, accused the family of performing ‘juju’ on him, a term given to the practice of witchcraft in West Africa.
But his family, who are from Togo, hit back by claiming that the star had been ‘brainwashed’ by Islamic spiritual healers who told him that his poor form on the football pitch was down to black magic.
While Adebayor scored 14 goals in 25 games last season for Tottenham, he has only managed two strikes in 12 matches so far this campaign.
He told the Sun: ‘This is the woman who suffered for all of us and carried him in her stomach for nine months. This is the son she gave birth to and looked after all his life.
‘And this is how he treats her. I am so angry with my brother.’
‘Eight months ago he kicked his own mother out of her house. She is having to sell tomatoes to survive. She makes one or two euros a day — which is not enough to live on.’
The sibling said that he sends his mother 400 euros a month to rent an apartment and accused his brother of leaving the family in poverty.
He said: ‘In my culture you are supposed to help your family. But Emmanuel only takes care of himself and his friends.’
Adebayor has played for some of the world’s biggest football clubs, including Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid.