Adebayor: Ex-Arsenal star pens Olimpia farewell letter after contract termination

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The former African Player of the Year has said goodbye to the Paraguayan club after parting ways owing to the coronavirus pandemic

Emmanuel Adebayor has penned a goodbye letter to Olimpia after agreeing to terminate his contract.

The 36-year-old made a surprise move to the Paraguayan top-flight to reunite with former Manchester City teammate Roque Santa Cruz.

However, he parted ways with the club just five months into his contract amid health fears inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.

Adebayor, who had previously played in England, Spain, France and Turkey, featured in four games across all competitions for the Asuncion based outfit with one goal.

His last game for Daniel Garnero’s men saw him sent off for a dangerous play against Defensa y Justicia in a Conmebol Libertadores fixture.

Following this recent development, the Togolese football great took to Instagram to say goodbye to Olimpia.

“Due to the pandemic; the club and I had to make some tough decisions,” Adebayor wrote on Instagram.

“We have come to a mutual agreement to terminate our contractual relationship. I would like to thank president Marco Trovato, the board of directors, coach Garnero, the coaching staff, the players, the fans, and the general public for the incredible welcome and the good times spent together.

“I will certainly hold on to my Yerba Mate and think of you people. I wish you all the best and pray the club and the city continues to prosper. Love you all."

Olimpia is Adebayor's 10th professional club since leaving his native Togo in 2001 to head to France, where he had spells at Metz and Monaco before joining Premier League outfit Arsenal.

His time with Manchester City involved loans to Real Madrid and Tottenham before heading to Tottenham Hotspur permanently. 

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He later featured for Crystal Palace, Istanbul BB and Kayserispor, with the forward scoring two goals in eight appearances during his brief stay with the latter.

On the international scene, he boasts the most caps and goals for Togo, having featured 87 times while scoring 32 goals for his country. He featured in the Hawks’ World Cup appearance in 2006 as well as four Africa Cup of Nations outings.

Paraguay has more than 2,000 cases of Covid-19 with 17 deaths and more than 1,000 recoveries.