4. Emmanuel Adebayor
Ahead of the 2010/11 season, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was blessed with a plethora of strikers. In addition to Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, they had just signed Edin Džeko – meaning that at least one striker would not be able to get consistent minutes.
Adebayor was deemed unneeded by Mancini and was placed on the transfer block. After making only two league starts through January, and after a falling out with Mancini, Adebayor agreed to take a pay cut to join Real Madrid on loan from Manchester City, with a £15m transfer option the end of the season. Adebayor had a desire to make the move happen, taking a pay cut when he could have made more money sitting on the bench at City.
Reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho, Adebayor appeared in most of Madrid’s games. He scored five goals in La Liga and twice in the Champions League.
After the loan, Adebayor returned to Manchester – although he hoped he could stay. He blamed his family, who he has a notoriously estranged relationship with, on Madrid not signing him permanently. “People will say you have to keep it for yourself but I have done everything to stay in Real Madrid but because of my late brother I couldn’t stay there. He sent a letter, an official letter from the Adebayor family to the club that they shouldn’t keep me. I’m not saying that’s why they did not keep me, but it can be part of it. Even if it is 10%, it is a lot.” he concluded.
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