Cameroonian top football player Samuel Eto’o stops playing football at the age of 38. He announced this on his Instagram page last night. Eto’o is considered one of the very best African footballers of all time.
“This is the end, heading for a new challenge,” Eto’o posted. “Thanks to everyone. Big love and adrenaline.”
The Cameroonian attacker has a chock full of gold in the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000) and twice a winner in the Africa Cup (2000 and 2002) with Cameroon. As a club, he won three Champions League trophies with FC Barcelona (2006 and 2009) and Inter (2010) in succession.
Eto’o received his youth education at Real Madrid, but it was in Catalonia (2004-2009) and Lombardy (2009-2011) that his star seemed the brightest. He then became a globetrotter and played in Russia, England, Italy, Turkey, and Qatar again. His last club was Qatar SC.
The striker ends his career with 359 goals in 718 official duels, including all competitions. For Cameroon, he scored 56 times in 118 international matches.
In mid-July, Ahmad Ahmad, the Malagasy, President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), announced that the previously stopped Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o would assist him as “ambassadors.”
They would both get an official position. “Drogba will improve the status of the African player, Eto’o must try to improve relations between the CAF and the international federations and confederations,” he noted.