Samuel Eto’o is regarded as one of the iconic strikers in modern football. He is one of Africa’s most successful players.
Eto’o, who was born in Douala in Cameroon, has represented some of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona and Chelsea. Eto’o has a long list of honours including three Champions League victories, an African Cup of nations title and an Olympic Gold Medal which he won during the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia.
During his teenage years, Eto’o was recruited by Spanish Giants Real Madrid, but he failed to gain sufficient game time which led to his transfer from the club. RCD Mallorca managed to convince Eto’o to move to the Balearic Islands, where he stayed for three years, scoring an incredible 54 goals, before departing for Real Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona. During his time at Barcelona Eto’o was an integral member of a deadly strike force. Initially himself and Brazilian star Ronaldinho, and then latterly with Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi.
Eto’o won three Spanish League titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues while at Barcelona before departing for Inter Milan in the summer of 2009. He holds the honour of being the first footballer to win the treble in two different countries. Initially in Spain with Barcelona and then in Italy with Inter Milan.
As well as winning numerous trophies and accolades Eto’o has set up the “Samuel Eto’o Foundation”, which brings football to the poorest areas of Africa.