In 2015, Emmanuel Adebayor publicly revealed some of the personal issues with his family that have disrupted his career.
Now the Togolese striker has spoken exclusively to the BBC about the controversy.
The former African player of the year publicly revealed the troubling developments with his loved ones in 2015 on social media, stating he was suffering with the financial burden he felt in having to support them.
“It’s a tough one, it’s a difficult one,” Adebayor told the BBC regarding his relationship with his family.
“Today, I think I made the right decision to go public because what I have been through.
“People say yes, you have to keep it for yourself yes. I did everything to stay in Real Madrid but because of my late brother I couldn’t stay there because he sent a letter, an official letter from Adebayor’s family to the club that they shouldn’t keep me.
“I am not saying that is why they didn’t keep me but it can be part of it.
“My mum is saying I have never given her $200. People that I don’t know, I have bought houses for them. I bought cars for them so my mum cannot say certain things, my family cannot say certain things,” he added.
Former Real Madrid and Tottenham man Adebayor believes he has changed as a person since the social media outburst, thanking his mother for being there for him.