New Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor has set his sights on becoming the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history, beating the record set by Didier Drogba.
The 31-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match of football since May 2015, but says he’s fit and ready for the challenge.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba currently holds the record with 104 Premier League goals in 254 appearances in his career, while Adebayor has scored 96 Premier League goals in 230 appearances.
“What I have achieved in football so far, I’m quite happy with,” he told the Eagles’ official
“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.”
Crystal Palace confirmed the signing of Adebayor on a free transfer on Tuesday. The 31-year-old former Togo striker was released from his contract at Tottenham in September, and will join the Eagles until the end of the season. He declined to join Aston Villa during the summer of 2015.
Adebayor first moved to the Premier League when he joined Arsenal from French side Monaco, and left for Manchester City in a £25 million deal during the summer of 2009, before he enjoyed loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham ahead of his permanent switch to White Hart Lane in August 2012.