Emmanuel Adebayor reveals ‘biggest mistake of his career’

Emmanuel Adebayor: Joined Palace as a free agent

Emmanuel Adebayor: Joined Palace as a free agent

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that joining Crystal Palace ranks as the “worst decision” of his career.

Adebayor counts the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Manchester City among his former club, but linked up with Palace under Alan Pardew back in January 2016.

There, the striker spent five short and unsuccessful months at Selhurst Park, where he scored just once in 15 games for the south London outfit.

The 33-year-old left as a free agent in the summer of 2016 and has since found his form again in the Turkish Super Lig with İstanbul Başakşehir.

But Adebayor is in no doubt that moving to Selhurst Park was the “worst decision” of his career.

“I had some great experiences in England in clubs who are among the best in the country,” he told L’Équipe.

“I was happy there, my family too. The only error that I made was to sign for Crystal Palace in January 2016.

“I did it just to please my entourage, who were saying to me: ‘Manu, you have to start playing again!’ It was the worst decision of my career.”