Ex-Man City and Arsenal star Adebayor ‘got paid to eat muffins,’ says former team-mate

During his time at Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, Emmanuel Adebayor was never known for his tireless work ethic.

And now a former team-mate has spoken out about Adebayor being “lazy,” laying into the Togolese striker.

Brede Hangeland played with Adebayor while at Crystal Palace, and gave a damning assessment of his attitude in training.


“He [Adebayor] would sit in the gym with just a cup of coffee and a muffin,” Hangeland said.

“He was being paid by [Manchester] City, Tottenham and Palace at the same time, and he was sitting in the gym drinking coffee. Incredible natural talent, but very lazy.”


Hangeland also told Heia Fotball radio about a peculiar question Adebayor put to him during a game.

“I was playing for Fulham and he played for Spurs,” the Norwegian said.

“We were attacking and I was marking Adebayor in the midfield. He suddenly said, ‘Ahhh, I’m hungry.’ I replied, ‘What?’

“‘I can’t wait for the game to finish, I’m so hungry,’ he said. ‘Do you know a good restaurant in London, Hangeland?’”

Ouch, Emmanuel. Ouch.

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