The Togolese professional footballer Emmanuel Adebayor, has revealed that he almost committed suicide as a teenager.
The 35-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester city player disclosed this in an interview with Daily Mail.
He confessed that the pressure he experienced during his time at French side, Metz, saw him consider suicide.
“I was 16. All I wanted to do was help my family out but they put huge pressure on me. I could not cope with it.
“When a family is poor, everyone is poor and there is huge solidarity. People will take a bullet for you. But when one makes it, it is like you owe everyone.
“At Metz, I was on maybe £3,000 a month. My family asked for a house worth £500,000. The club was tired of me because of my behavior.
“I remember sitting on my bed one night and thinking ‘What am I doing here? Nobody’s happy with me, so what is the point of living?
“There was a pharmacy below my apartment, I bought packet after packet of tablets.
“They did not want to sell it to me but I said it was for a charity in Togo. I made the preparations, I drank all the water. I was ready to go.
“Then I called my best friend at midnight. He told me not to rush, that I have things to live for.
“‘You have the potential to change Africa. I thought ‘You are a dream-seller and I am not buying any dreams right now.
“But he took me out of the moment. I thought God must be keeping me for something,” he said.
Adebayor who has had a good career currently plays for the Turkish side, Istanbul Basaksehir.
He has made over 250 appearances in English football and scored 122 goals.