– Adebayor needs only eight goals to beat a record

– The player has joined Crystal Palace

– “If I can beat the record it would be the best thing that’s ever happened to me”

Former Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor has signed for English Premier League side Crystal Palace on a free transfer until the end of the season.

Adebayor has 96 Premier League goals, having previously played for Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City while Drogba has 104 goals.

Adebayor said:  “What I have achieved in football so far, I’m quite happy with. Togo has been Togo for how many years? And I am the only one to have the chance to play in the Premier League and score that amount of goals, so I am already blessed with that. If I can beat the record it would be the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my career, if not I will still be happy. The most important thing as a striker will be to score goals.”

The 31-year-old added: “I was born playing football so it was hard not playing on the pitch, but I was playing every day in Africa. Is it going to be hard? I don’t think so. I just have to get out there, play my football and enjoy myself again. I chose Palace because my family is happy in London, Palace has been playing the football I like and they have a few players who are my friends”.

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