Striker Samuel Eto’o announces retirement
Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto’o, widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, has hung up his boots after a glittering 22-year long club career.
During his time in Spain and Italy where he was most successful, Eto’o has won all the silverware available in the two countries besides winning the UEFA Champions League (thrice) and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Having trained at the Kadji Sports Academy in Cameroon, Eto'o joined Real Madrid's youth academy in 1997 and played for Real Madrid B. After a series of loan moves, he joined Mallorca on a permanent deal in 2000 for a then club record fee. Eto’o made a total of 133 appearances for Mallorca and become their all-time leading domestic league scorer with 54 goals. He led them to the Copa del Rey title in 2002-03 season.
In 2004, Eto’o moved to Barcelona where he spent five seasons making 144 appearances scoring 108 goals. With Barcelona, Eto’o again won the Copa del Rey (2008-09), La Liga (2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09), Supercopa de Espana (2005, 2006) and UEFA Champions League (2005–06, 2008–09).
Following differences with then Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, Eto’o left for Inter Milan in 2009. He spent three seasons with the Italian club making a 67 appearances and scoring 33 goals. With Inter, Eto’o won the Serie A (2009–10), Coppa Italia (2009–10, 2010–11), Supercoppa Italiana (2010), UEFA Champions League (2009–10) and the FIFA Club World Cup (2010).
Eto’o left Inter for Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia before playing for Chelsea and Everton in England, Sampdoria in Italy before moving to Antalyaspor and Konyaspor in Turkey before ending his career with Qatar SC in Qatar.
Regarded as one of the greatest African football players, Eto’o has won the African Player of the Year a record four times in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010 besides winning the Young African Player of the Year in 2000.
Samuel Eto’o represented Cameroon for 17 long years making 118 appearances and scoring 56 goals. He led Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations (in 2000 and 2002) and an Olympic Gold Medal in 2000. He holds the record for all-time top scorer in African Cup of Nations and for Cameroon. Eto'o announced his retirement from international competition on 27 August 2014.
Eto'o is a native of Nkon, a suburb of Cameroonian capital Yaoundé. Eto'o has four children: Maelle, Étienne, Siena and Lynn. He married his longtime sweetheart Georgette on 6 July 2007. Georgette is the mother of Siena and Lynn, who both live with her in Paris. Samuel Eto’o has two brothers David and Étienne who are also footballers.