Samuel Eto'o signals the end of his illustrious career

Samuel Eto’o signals the end of his illustrious career

As a famous African proverbs says, “Even the best dancer on the stage must retire sometime” and this is indeed the case for one of African football’s golden boys.

Former Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Anzhi – just a few of the teams he played graced his presence and natural goal-scoring threat with -, Samuel Eto’o has announced his upcoming retirement from the World Football stage.

He has decided to “hang his boots” after a glittering 22-year career where he was able to experience an unforgettable spell at Barcelona playing alongside Messi, Iniesta and others, with whom he managed to reach unfathomable heights of winning the La Liga title (3 times) and Champions League (2). He also had successful spells at:

1997–2000Real Madrid3(0)
1997–1998→ Leganés (loan)28(3)
1999→ Espanyol (loan)0(0)
2000→ Mallorca (loan)13(6)
2009–2011Inter Milan67(33)
2011–2013Anzhi Makhachkala53(25)
2018–2019Qatar SC17(6)


This past Friday however, in a short Instagram post, the Cameroon legend announced that he has decided to call time on his career after leaving Qatar SC earlier this year.  He wrote: “The End. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

He also starred for his country and earned his first cap for Cameroon one day before his 16th birthday becoming one of the youngest players to represent them.  He was also the youngest player at the 1998 World Cup aged 17 years and three months. His success was predicted early and he did not let his compatriots down by scoring 56 goals in 118 total appearances for his nation.

What is more, he guided his country to winning the Olympic gold at the 2000 Games in Australia, whilst also starring as they won the Africa Cup of Nations the same year and two years later. Last but not least, Eto’o was voted African Player of the Year four times, a joint-record he holds with former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

We salute you Samuel and wish you the best of luck in all future professional and personal endeavours.  – Bonne chance avec tout et merci pour les souvenirs de football ⚽!

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