Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cameroon legend Eto’o retires from football

Cameroon legend Eto’o retires from football

Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that after a trophy-laden 22-year playing career, Eto'o has made a decision to hang up his boots.

"THE END, TOWARDS A NEW CHALLENGE", Eto'o wrote.

On the global scene, Eto'o was twice the African Cup champion with his national team, Cameroon, in 2000, 2002, while he also won many trophies for clubs such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Mallorca. At global team level, he also won two Africa Cups with Cameroon and a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.

"Thank you all, big love, adrenalin", added Eto'o, who enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009.

He moved on to RCD Mallorca after failing to break into the first team at Madrid.

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There, he won two Champions Leagues, four LaLiga titles, two Supercopa de Espana and one Copa del Rey.

Eto'o went on to play in three more World Cups, captaining Cameroon at the 2010 and 2014 editions where he scored two goals. Now the real life starts.

Short spells in the Premier League soon followed, with Chelsea and Everton among the 13 professional teams Eto'o has represented during his memorable playing career.

The soccer legend last played Qatar Star League side Qatar SC, which he joined in the summer of 2018 from Turkey's Konyaspor.

During his illustrious career, Eto'o also bagged African Player of the Year award four times to equal Cote d'Ivoire's Yaya Toure's record of winning the trophy for the most number of times. Eto'o scored the only goal in that game that saw Inter win 1-0.

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