The Sun says the Gunners striker had to be calmed down by security after a verbal attack by a Brit in Lagos.
Adebayor was returning from Nigeria last week when the man started hurling abuse at him.
Witnesses said the fan, in his 30s and claiming to be a London paramedic, accused the star of not pulling his weight.
Rilwan Adedapo, who saw the incident, told The Sun: "The guy started getting personal about how he should try harder.
"Ade tried to laugh it off. But the man started hurling abuse at him and used the F-word.
"He screamed 'You get paid £80,000 a week to put the ball in the back of the net and you're still f***ing rubbish. I pay good money for a season ticket to pay your wages.'
"Emmanuel completely lost it and had a right go back. He said 'I get £110,000 a week if you must know'. It just made the guy even more angry.
"If it wasn't for security dragging him away, it could have got a lot worse."