Adebayor: Perhaps The Ultimate Example of Egomania in Sports

Ankush GulatiCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2009

The day before Arsenal played Man City, a lot of newspapers published a story of how Adebayor claimed that his feud with Bendtner started when the latter arrived at the Arsenal training ground wearing footwear which was not allowed.

"There are rules saying you cannot come into the dressing-room with your house shoes. Take them off," said the giant Togolese striker.

He goes on to explain in the interview that Bendtner had an easy upbringing in football growing up at the Arsenal academy. Adebayor also claimed that "I have never been a bad influence in the dressing room."

How does picking fights with teammates over relatively trivial matters that are none of Adebayor's business not constitute being a bad influence?

Any player, be it forward or goalkeeper, be it football, cricket, or tennis can learn from Adebayor's behaviour.

His mindset during his game against Arsenal, one of extremely arrogant self-righteousness, led to him stamping on not only his former strike partner's face, but he was indeed perilously close to injuring the ankle of Cesc Fabregas (the one player he surely owes more than any other for his move to Man City), in the 12th minute of the game. 

We have seen how Adebayor has decided to thank the club, thank Arsene Wenger, thank the away fans (who, unlike the home fans, support their players through thick and thin), thank his strike partner van Persie, his assistant Cesc Fabregas; and all the other players he played with during his time with Arsenal for "earning" his new contract at Manchester City.

Because he truly thinks he earned it all on his own.