4x Champions League winner announces retirement from football

2000, 2006, 2009, 2010 Champions League winner Samuel Eto’o ends his career.

Cameroonian football star Samuel Eto’o has retired from football at the age of 38.

The former Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan forward had a decorated career and he was one of the best strikers to grace the game. After 22 years in the game, the Cameroonian represented his country at four World Cups, netting 56 goals in 118 appearances.

Eto’o posted an image on Instagram of himself in the dark with the following statement: “The end. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

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He became Cameroon’s all-time scorer, the Africa Cup of Nations’ all-time top scorer and a four-time African Player of the Year, a record shared with former Manchester City star Yaya Toure. Added to that, he also has an Olympic gold medal in his bulging trophy cabinet.

He joined the mighty Real Madrid, where he was loaned to Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca. He signed permanently for the latter, where he finished with 70 goals in 165 appearances for the La Liga side. That saw him snapped by Barcelona for €24 million.

Five incredibly successful seasons following at the Camp Nou, scoring 130 in 199 matches. He also got his hands on three La Ligas, a Copa del Rey, two Supercopa de Espana and two Champions Leagues – scoring in the final of both.

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In 2009, he was involved in a swap-deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, joining Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan. Two seasons at the San Siro saw him notch 53 goals in 102 matches, winning Serie A, two Coppa Italian, a Supercoppa Italiana, another Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

The Cameroonian forward also played for Antalyaspor and Konyaspor from 2015 to 2018 in Turkey and he lastly played for Qatar Sports Club in Qatar. Eto’o was a part of the Cameroon squad during the 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

Throughout his club career, Eto’o scored 359 goals and made 116 assists in 718 games.

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