Emmanuel Adebayor: Togo veteran explains reasons for Paraguay move

Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed a rapturous welcome from Olimpia fans when he arrived in Paraguay.

Veteran Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor says the main reasons he decided to join Paraguayan side Olimpia Asuncion were the influence of ex-Manchester City team-mate Roque Santa Cruz and the club president’s six-year-old son.

The 35-year-old former Arsenal striker, who quit Turkish club Kayserispor in December, signed a deal until the end of the year as giants Olimpia hunt for domestic and South America’s Copa Libertadores silverware.

“At first I was impressed after speaking to the club president and Roque Santa Cruz who was my old team-mate at Manchester City,” Adebayor said at a news conference.

“He told me that in his country, people live and breathe football. I asked him for verbal assurance that everything will be fine.

“Santa Cruz gave me his word that I will love it here, so he played a big role in me coming here.

“I also got a lot of personal messages from some of the fans on social media and that made a big impact.

“But I was mostly touched by the words of the president’s young son who, at six years old, said I am his idol. That was very emotional for me.”

Aside from Turkey and England, the forward has also played in France and for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

A few hours after his medical,