Four-time African Footballer of the year, Eto’o retires from professional football

He is slated for a major role in the Confederation of African Football where he has vowed to fight corruption
Cameroonian former footballer Samuel Eto'o holds the Africa Cup of Nations trophy
Cameroonian former footballer Samuel Eto’o holds the Africa Cup of Nations trophy prior to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations final soccer match between Senegal and Algeria at the Cairo Stadium (Photo by Ahmed Awaad/NurPhoto)

Cameroon’s four-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto’o announced his retirement on Saturday at the age of 38, declaring “I need a rest”. “The end, towards a new challenge,” the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker posted on Instagram. “Thank you all, big love, adrenalin.”

“In a few months you’ll see me doing something new,” Eto’o, who has campaigned relentlessly against racism during his playing days, later said on the margins of an economic forum in DR Congo. “I need a rest, I’ve been running for 19-years,” he added light-heartedly in Kinshasa.

He stands alongside Liberia’s current president George Weah and Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba as a great of African sport and cuts a mythical figure in his homeland where he is close to national president Paul Biya.

Samuel Eto'o gives a press conference, on June 17, 2014
In this file photo taken on June 17, 2014, Cameroon’s forward and captain Samuel Eto’o gives a press conference, on June 17, 2014, in Manaus on the eve of their Group A match against Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. – Cameroon’s four-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto’o announced his retirement on September 7, 2019, at the age of 38, declaring “I need a rest”. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP)

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He is slated for a major role in the Confederation of African Football where he has vowed to fight corruption to ensure funds go into infrastructure. CAF president Ahmed Ahmed says Eto’o would take up a key role in the African game. “Samual Eto’o will take charge of relations between the federations and CAF,” the Madagascan said last month.

The most memorable period of his club career includes five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009. Despite an unfortunate knack for ruffling feathers, a return of 108 league goals from just 145 matches in five stunning seasons with Barcelona pays testament to his talent.

At his peak, he enjoyed electric pace, impeccable touch and instinctive shooting to make him one of the most feared centre-forwards in the world. He won a pair of Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns before departing under a cloud for Inter Milan after rowing with Ronaldinho leading to Pep Guardiola showing him the dressing room door.

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He then spearheaded Jose Mourinho’s charge to a never to be forgotten treble with Inter of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy. He led Cameroon to an impressive four World Cups in 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 and enjoyed huge success at the Africa Cup of Nations as the Indomitable Lions won in 2000 and 2002.

  • Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o arrives to attend a press conference after signing a one year contract to play for Qatar Sports Club
  • In this file photo taken on May 27, 2009 Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o runs with the ball during the UEFA football Champions League final
  • Chelsea's Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match
  • Cameroon and Antalyaspor forward Samuel Eto'o waves during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony
  • Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o attends his presentation after signing a one year contract to play for Qatar Sports Club
  • Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o (C) arrives on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar on January 7, 2019, ahead of the CAF 2018 awards

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He was part of a golden generation that featured Rigobert Song, the late Marc-Vivien Foe and Geremi as Cameroon also won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, with the emerging Eto’o both scoring and converting a penalty in the shoot-out win over Spain in front of a blockbuster 114,000 crowd.

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His pace left him as his career slowed down with low stints at Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League. Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, his last club.


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