Through a statement on their official website, Turkish Super Lig side İstanbul Başakşehir have confirmed that talented Nigerian born striker Emmanuel Adebayor has left the club.
Adebayor was also eligible to play for Nigeria but chose to represent the country of his birth, Togo.
He helped Togo qualify for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations after scoring 11 goals in the qualifiers, more than any other player in the African qualifiers. On 10 February 2009, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) picked Adebayor as the African Footballer of the Year for 2008 at an awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria. Adebayor beat final nominees Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt and Ghana’s Michael Essien in a vote that involved the national team coaches of CAF’s 54 member-nations. It was the first time a Togolese won the award as Africa’s best player.
He helped Togo to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and started all three group matches against South Korea, Switzerland and France, but did not score any goals and Togo ended up in last place in their group. Adebayor was made team captain after the finals.
Adebayor scored 23 times in 55 appearance for Basaksehir.
The striker lists Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, Monaco, Crystal Palace and Metz among his former clubs.