Cameroonian football star Samuel Eto’o 38-year old has announced plans to end his football career but has not indicated when.
“The end, towards a new challenge”, Eto’o said in an Instagram message without divulging details of this surprise news.
“. Eto’o, Cameroon’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 56 goals in 118 games, also enjoyed brief stints in the English Premier League with Chelsea and Everton.
Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, his last club.
The football striker is a four-time African player of the year and finally this is a signal to the end of a glittering 22-year career as a professional footballer.
As a 16-year-old, Eto’o joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996 but was limited to just three appearances before loan spells with Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca.
After sealing a permanent move to Mallorca in 2000, he struck 54 goals in 133 outings to establish himself as the team’s all-time leading scorer.
His move to Barcelona followed in 2004 where the Douala native won three Spanish La Liga titles before guiding the Catalonian side to two European Champions League triumphs in 2006 and 2009 where he scored in both finals.
In 2006, Eto’o became the first and only African to win the Spanish La Liga Golden Boot, scoring 26 goals in 34 games.
While at Barcelona, the Cameroonian forward scored 108 goals in 144 games before sealing a move to Inter Milan in 2009 where he won his third Champions League crown as well as an Italian Serie A title and the Fifa Club World Cup in 2010.
Eto’o then spent two years in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala before joining Chelsea in 2013.
The Cameroonian later had short spells at Everton, Sampdoria and Antalyaspor before moving to Konyaspor and then Qatar SC.
The Express News