Emmanuel Adebayor has accused younger brother Rotimi of stealing a shirt given to him by the late Marc-Vivien Foe, a signed jersey that belonged to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane and a £25,000 Cartier necklace the Tottenham Hotspur striker had bought for his mother.
These, in addition to claims by the footballer that his mother and the entire family members were using juju on him to frustrate his football career.
In a follow-up to ‘part one’ of a statement he released on Facebook last week – where he claimed Rotimi had taken 21 mobile phones from a French football academy he had got him a place in – Adebayor has delivered on his promise that there was much more to come.
The Togo international has now posted an incredible 1,041-word instalment, this time focusing on his younger brother who he says repeatedly stole from him.
Adebayor, who left his homeland to join Metz as a teenager in 1999, claims his sibling had a master key in his house and ‘frequently’ stole items from a storage room, as well as taking and selling football boots he intended to give to people in Africa.
The 31-year-old also says Rotimi is responsible for changing his relationship with good friend Jacques Songo’o after stealing a PlayStation Portable from the retired Cameroonian footballer’s son.
In another incredibly personal story shared on social media, Adebayor details his relationship with his brother, who he says ‘did something very bad’ at the age of 13 and had to move away from his family in Lome.
Adebayor says he moved on from many of the supposed thefts as ‘blood is thicker and water’ but that he was sharing the information on Sunday as ‘every story comes with a lesson’.
His last post, released last Tuesday, claimed he was not allowed to see his late sibling Peter when he was ‘seriously ill’ and was instead told by his mother to ‘just give money’.
He says he sent brother Kola money to fly back for Peter’s funeral, but he never attended, as well as claiming his sister rented out a $1.2million house in Ghana he had bought her without him knowing.
Anthony Rotimi Adebayor was offered a chance at the Metz football academy by his older brother, according to Emmanuel, and was accused of stealing 21 mobile phones from his team-mates.
Rotimi is said to have argued that he did not take that much but Emmanuel says he asked him why he had taken drinks and other items from his home, to which he replied ‘because I am your brother’.
Rotimi, now 24, who was most recently on the cards of Belgian second division side Boussu Dour Borinage in 2012 and has had trials at Real Vallodolid, was then bought first-class tickets to Dubai by the Premier League ace for another chance in football but left after four days as it was a strictly Muslim place and he ‘couldn’t drink, party as much as he wanted or kiss girls in public’.
Tottenham striker Adebayor denied claims he kicked his mum out of his house back in November
Adebayor recently met up with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to discuss his problems.
He felt the need to go on Peace FM back in November to refute claims made by his sister Maggie that he had had kicked his own mother out of his house.
His sister Margaret claimed during an hour-long interview with Peace FM that the reason behind his decision was because he thought his mother was a witch, to which Adebayor said: ‘I never sacked my mum from the house. She decided to leave the house.
‘How am I going to be in touch with my mum if my mum is the one telling everyone that my work will not go forward, so I will just be on my side and do my thing.
‘They should stop talking, they should stop doing Juju on me, they should leave me alone.
‘I bought a $1.2m house in East Legon for the one talking and calling herself my sister. Can you imagine that sister went to rent the house without my knowledge?’
It remains unclear whom he was directing his request for people to ‘stop doing Juju on him’ at.
Adebayor says part three of the family revelations will be coming soon, and it will be about ‘the man that calls himself the father of the family @Kola Adebayor’.
His full post reads: ‘SEA, here is another part of the story I have kept inside since.
‘Today I feel the constant need to let it out. If I share my stories, it is because I believe every story comes with a lesson. And the lesson is for anyone that is reading this. This is about a brother who keeps saying today that I am not a good support for our family. His name is Rotimi Adebayor. At the age of 13, he did something very bad. He and I know what he did. Because of that our parents had to send him to a village far from the big city. When I started to be successful in football and I went to Togo for vacation; at that time one of my mother’s friend came from the village to visit us. As she explained how Rotimi was suffering in the village, I immediately asked them to bring him back into the city. As soon as he came back, I made sure I put him in school. For me that is normal.
‘In 2002, I went to play the AFCON in Mali and I had the huge privilege to swap my shirt with Marc-Vivien Foé. May his soul rest in peace. When I got back to Togo, I put that shirt in a secure place. My brother found a way to steal that shirt and sold it.
‘When I moved from Metz to Monaco, we reached an advanced stage in the Champions League and we played against Real Madrid. It was one of most beautiful day of my life because I was lucky enough to get a signed shirt from the football legend Zinedine Zidane. As I brought that shirt back to Togo, my brother still found a way to steal that shirt and sold it.
‘When I was in Metz, I was earning about €15,000 a month. I wanted to get something unique for my mom to thank her for all she did for me. I wanted to make her happy. So I decided to take an amount worth 3 months of my wages and I bought her a Cartier neckless for about €45,000. Rotimi and his friends Akim(@Yam Freedom) and Tao (@Sao Tao Oyawole) made a plan and stole that precious neckless. They sold it for about €800. When my mom and I found out, my mother asked me not to bother because he is the younger brother. Despite the situation, I would like to take this same occasion to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!
‘In my house, I have a storage room where I keep some of my belongings when I travel back to Europe. I am the only one with that key but my brother managed to get a master key that was able to open every single door in the house. He frequently stole drinks and other items from that room.
‘After all this we kept saying “blood is thicker than water” and we moved on. Therefore, I decided to take him where I started my football in France. I brought him to a great football academy in France. You already know how this story ended. He stole cellphones from many of his teammates and they sacked him from the football academy. By the way, after I published the first story about him, he called me to say that he did not steal exactly 21 phones. He claimed that the number was lower than that. Still…Is that acceptable? He also added that I should be happy that he stole drinks and other items from my storage room. I asked him why and he replied: “Because I am your brother”.
‘Jacques Songo’o who is now a retired Cameroonian footballer also had his son in the academy and he was a good friend of Rotimi. Let me add that he was part of my development as a footballer and he always gave me good advices. I was in Togo on my days off when Songo’ocalled me; he sounded very angry. He explained to me how my brother stole his son’s PSP. When I asked my brother why he did that, he argued that he forgot it in his bag. How can you forget someone else’s device in your bag and travel with it from France to Togo? Since that day, my relationship with Songo’o changed and he has become pretty distant with me and my family.
‘I was still in Monaco when I decided to collect all football boots from my teammates so I could give them to people in Africa. I had a huge bag full of shoes. I brought that bag to Togo. A few days after when I decided to give the boots out to the people in need, I noticed the bag full of boots disappeared. Later on, I found out that my brother was the one who stole the bag and went to sell the shoes in Hedzranawoé (famous public market in Togo).
‘One day, my mom called me early in the morning when I was still in bed. She told me that Rotimi has gotten a Visa to go to Dubai so he can play football out there. He had to leave that day with his friend Kodjovi (@Denilson de Souza) who was in the same situation. It was either they went that day or the Visa would be suspended. I asked one of my guys at the time (@Agui Mozino) to go find tickets for my brother and his friend. We could not find any economy class ticket on that day so I had to get them both first class tickets. After all, it was an opportunity for him to make his own career in Dubai. Only 4days later, Rotimi went back home. He explained how the lifestyle in Dubai was not made for him. He said he wasn’t free to do what he wanted to do because it is a strictly Muslim place. He couldn’t drink, party as much as he wanted or kiss girls in public.
‘The part 3 is coming out soon and it will be about the man that calls himself the father of the family @Kola Adebayor A.K.A Lion of Judah.’