Emmanuel Adebayor will pocket a total of £5.25million by the end of June next year even though he does not play competitively.
Spurs are still paying him £100,000-per-week, which will continue until the end of his contract, which runs until June 30.
As part of the deal which took him to the club in 2012, Manchester City also agreed to remunerate him for the £75,000-per-week wage cut he took, which the club claimed they paid him a final settlement for last year.
Manchester City refuted claims the figures are this high and insist the settlement is significantly lower.
But Sportsmail understands unless Adebayor finds a new club, he will have earned in excess of £5m – a staggering sum – from clubs he no longer plays for.
The striker was released by Tottenham in September after not being included in their Premier League or Europa League squads.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino made the decision at the end of last season that he no longer wanted the player at the club. The 31-year-old surprised Spurs coaches when he was offered the opportunity to continue training with the first team but opted to attend sessions with the younger squads instead.
Adebayor had the option to move to West Ham on transfer deadline day, but refused to leave Spurs, who were willing to pay a percentage of his wages, unless they paid him £5m.
Since being released by the club, he has been spending time in Togo and Ghana, happily picking up his wages posting pictures of himself lounging by pools or atop classic cars.
‘I figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it,’ he wrote underneath one image. He is certainly doing that.