Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor has won a Fifa tribunal that will pocket him almost half a million after an unfair sacking.
The Togo star joined Paraguayan side Olimpia in early 2020, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Football – and the world – shut down for months and when games began to resume Adebayor was sacked in June of the same year, with the 38-year-old not playing since.
Adebayor made just four appearances and took issue with his dismissal.
Football’s governing body has now ordered Olimpia to pay Adebayor 510,000 dollars (£420,000), plus 12 percent interest backdated to 2020, following a tribunal.
New Olimpia president Miguel Cardona said: “There’s nothing we can do about contracts that were previously signed, but the club will change its policy on salaries, and impose a pay cap. We had a demand for payment from Adebayor. We knew he was on 200,000 dollars a month.”
Prior to playing in South America, Adebayor had been representing Kayserispor in Turkey. His last spell in England saw him play briefly for Crystal Palace in 2016 having also spent periods with Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal as well as Real Madrid.
It was his stint on the red half of north London that really put the Togo international on the map, scoring 30 times in the 2007/08 season.