Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has denounced his family in a scathing Facebook post, insisting that he never turned his back on them, but has simply grown tired of them using him for his money.
The 31-year-old footballer revealed his ongoing feud with his relatives in a lengthy open letter and made sensational allegations against his mother, sister and brothers.
"I have kept these stories for a long time but I think today it is worth sharing some of them with you. It's true that family matters should be solved internally and not in public but I am doing this so that hopefully all families can learn from what happened in mine. Also keep in mind that none of this is about money," he wrote on his verified page.
The Premier league ace went on to reveal that when he was just 17 he spent his very first professional wage to build a house for his family and despite him supporting them financially they have shown him no gratitude.
"As you all know, I have received the trophy of African Player of the Year in 2008. I also brought my mother on stage with me to thank her for everything. In that same year, I brought her to London for various medical check-ups," he said. "When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn't wanna know hear about it."
The former Arsenal star also revealed that he has helped his mother start a cookie business, moved his sister yabo and half-brother Daniel into his $1.5m 15-bedroom mansion in Ghana and covers the cost of his brother Kola's children's education.
"My brother Kola Adebayor, has now been in Germany for 25 years. He travelled back home about 4 times, at my expense. I fully cover the cost of his children's education. When I was in Monaco, he came to me and asked for money to start a business. Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?"
Adebayor also claimed that one brother, Rotimi, stole 21 mobile phones from a French football academy he had got him a place in and that he was not allowed to see his now-deceased sibling Peter when he was 'seriously ill' and was instead instructed by his mother to "just give money".
He also highlighted that he paid for another brother, Kola, to fly to Africa from Germany to attend Peter's funeral but he did not show up and insisted that despite his attempt to resolve the issues at a 2005 family meeting, they threw it back in his face.
"I organised a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. Today I am still alive and they have already shared all my goods, just in case I die," he explained. "When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage.
He signed off the message by saying that he decided to go public in order for "other African families to learn from this".