Emmanuel Adebayor scored a hat-trick as Istanbul Basaksehir thrashed city rivals Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig.
The ex-Arsenal and Tottenham striker scored twice before the break and headed in a third on 57 minutes, with Mustafa Pektemek adding a fourth.
Adebayor’s last hat-trick came for Real Madrid in 2011, while the 33-year-old now has five goals since joining Basaksehir as a free agent in January.
His side, Istanbul Basaksehir are five points behind leaders Besiktas with seven games remaining and will be in the Champions league if they maintain the current pace.
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Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor, born 26 February 1984) is a Togolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir.
He previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, as well as French sides Metz and Monaco and Spanish team Real Madrid.
He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008.
He represented the Togo national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the country’s debut, and to date only, appearance at the World Cup.
In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team’s bus came under gunfire on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, after which he retired from national team duty.
In 2013, he returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he helped them to qualify for the quarter-finals.
He is currently Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 31 goals.
He is married and has a daughter named Kendra (born June 2010). He is the uncle of Pittsburgh Riverhounds midfielder Alex Harlley.
Adebayor has spoken about his faith, saying, “Everything I do in life I put in the hands of God, my creator. He gave me the chance to be where I am today and He’s the one that can take it all away from me.
There is nothing more important for me than God.”
Emmanuel Adebayor could not walk for the first four years of his life. His mother took young Adebayor around Africa looking for a cure.
Adebayor then spoke about his ‘miracle’ saying, “… I was in the church laying down and, around nine or ten o’clock on the Sunday morning,
I could hear children playing outside. Suddenly somebody kicked a ball into the church. And the first person to stand up and run was me, because I wanted to get that ball.
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