13 Facts you did not know about Football Legend Samuel Eto’o.anyevalentine | 04.03.2021 | 0 | 237 INSIDER with Kampii , Sports
Welcome, Kampii readers. Today we will be talking about one of the greatest African Footballers Samuel Eto’o. This is one of the great icons Cameroon has in the world of football. 13 Facts you did not know about Football Legend Samuel Eto’o.
Samuel Eto’o Fils born 10 March 1981) is a Cameroonian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. In his prime, Eto’o was regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world, and he is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time.
Samuel Eto’o started at home in Kadji academy and his talent in the pitch took him to the international scene. In his club career, Samuel played in real Madrid from 1997-2000. From 2000-2004 he played in RCD Mallorca. In 2004 he was bought by Barcelona for €24million where he played till 2009. From 2009 he was signed to inter Milan for €48million where he played till 2011.
From 2011 Eto’o moved to China Anzhi Makhachkala where he played for 3 seasons and ended his contract in 2013.
On 29 August 2013, Eto’o signed a one-year deal with English side Chelsea, for an undisclosed fee. He reportedly took a huge pay cut from €20 million a season down to €8 million to sign for Chelsea. He scored his first goal for Chelsea on the 19th October 2013 against Cardiff City, in which he gave Chelsea the lead.
Eto’o earned his first cap with Cameroon a day before his 16th birthday on 9 March 1997, in a 5–0 friendly loss to Costa Rica. In 1998, he was the youngest participant in the 1998 FIFA World Cup when he appeared in a 3–0 group stage loss to Italy on 17 June 1998, at the age of 17 years and three months. Eto’o scored his sole goal of the 2002 World Cup.
Below are facts you should know about former indomitable lion Samuel Etoo.
Fact.1 Etoo has six children. The ex Chelsea striker has six recognized children from different women which include two girls with his current wife Georgette.
Fact.2 Growing up his nickname was “little Milla”, in reference to Cameroonian international Roger Milla. His connection with Milla dates back to his childhood when he caught one of Milla’s jerseys that he had thrown into the crowd during a match. In an interview with the BBC, Samuel Eto’o had this to say about his connection to the former Cameroonian star “He was one of the best in the world, not just in Africa. A lot of us think he did not win the Best Player in the World award just because he was African. It was an honor to have the nickname, he was an inspiration”.
Fact.3 During his teenage years, he wasn’t able to join a French side due to his youth and lack of proper documentation. Instead, he would end up joining Real Madrid youth academy. He wasn’t ever able to make an impact with Real Madrid and ended up being loaned to several teams, before eventually making his way to Barcelona.
Fact.4 Eto’o holds the record for most appearances by an African player in La Liga games. He played for several teams in La Liga, but he is better known for his time with Barcelona. In 5 seasons at Barcelona, he has 145 appearances and 108 goals, impressive numbers.
Fact.5 The retired international has grabbed the African best players 4 times: 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.
Fact.6 In Marloca he is one of the best players in the club.
Fact.7 In Barcelona he finished as la Liga top goal scorer and was named the best 9 in history by socios and won everything that season.
Fact.8 In inter Milan he achieved a triple Hardrick after doing it in the previous year with Barca.
Fact.9 Eto’o has written nine graphic novels about his life, the latest is called “Birth of a Champion” and it focuses on his time in Douala, Cameroon. His decision to create his autobiographies in graphic novels was driven by the fact that he wanted them accessible to children.
Fact.10 In Cameroon, he is the top scorer in the history of selection and the top goal scorer in the history of CAN.