Emmanuel Adebayor scores hat-trick... and dedicates it to Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry

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Emmanuel Adebayor joined Basaksehir earlier this year
Emmanuel Adebayor joined Basaksehir earlier this year

Emmanuel Adebayor scored a hat-trick on Monday night to help Istanbul Basaksehir crush city rivals Galatasaray 4-0 - and then dedicated his three goals to his former Arsenal and Real Madrid team-mates.

Adebayor, 33, scored the opener on 11 minutes and headed home his second just before half-time. He completed the hat-trick with another header after 57 minutes as Basaksehir moved five points behind leaders Besiktas with seven games remaining.

Afterwards, the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham man gave credit to some of his former team-mates.

"I think it was my first hat trick since Real Madrid [an 8-1 win over Almeria in May 2011]," he said.

"I owe it to the great players I played with like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and [Cristiano] Ronaldo - this is for them and what I learned from them."

Adebayor had been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace last summer.

He made the move to Turkey as a free agent in January and has scored five goals in his four league starts for Basaksehir this year.

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