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Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by ogbiwa: 9:15am On Sep 10
Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o has signalled the end to his 22-year playing career.

The ex-Cameroon and Barcelona forward, 38, posted on Instagram, stating: "The end, towards a new challenge."

Eto'o, his country's record 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 Sports Club, his last club.

Eto'o joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996 at the age of 16, but was limited to just three appearances before loan spells with Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca.

After 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 helping the Catalonian side to two European Champions League triumphs in 2006 and 2009, scoring in both finals.

In 2006, Eto'o became the first and only African to win the La Liga Golden Boot when he netted 26 times in 34 matches.

The Cameroonian forward scored 108 goals in 144 games for the Nou Camp club before 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. He later had short spells at Everton, Sampdoria and Antalyaspor, before moving to Konyaspor and then Qatar SC.

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He made his debut for Cameroon against Costa Rica in 1996 and was the youngest player at the 1998 World Cup aged 17 years and three months.

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

He was part of the team that won two successive Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002 and went on to become the tournament's record scorer with 18 goals.

Eto'o also has an Olympic gold medal which he won with Cameroon in 2000 and was voted the third best player in the world in 2005.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49621186

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by LongrichPlanet: 9:17am On Sep 10
Wait, Eto'o was STILL playing football??

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by FamousMonk: 9:23am On Sep 10
His career ended a long time ago.. What other career is he referring to?

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by opalu: 9:54am On Sep 10
Good
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by nnemmpi(m): 9:54am On Sep 10
Abi
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by tafat: 9:55am On Sep 10
A legend no doubt, I stan

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Pubadmin(m): 9:55am On Sep 10
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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Jarus(m): 9:56am On Sep 10
This guy scored in AFCON final in Lagos 19 years ago!

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by WildChild00(m): 9:56am On Sep 10
Nice
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by eddybongo101: 9:57am On Sep 10
a well deserved retirement..

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by aylive02(m): 9:57am On Sep 10
This guy tormented NFF

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Jarus(m): 9:57am On Sep 10
FamousMonk:
His career ended a long time ago..
What other career is he referring to?

Football goes beyond EPL and La Liga that you watch, this guy was the 2nd highest goal scorer in Turkey just 3 seasons ago!

He banged 18 league goals in Turkey just 2 seasons ago. Some strikers could not achieve that at the peak of their career!

In fact, our own Kanu never scored 15 league goals in a season in his entire career. A tired and 36 year old Eto'o had 18 goals at the twilight of his career.

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Starhearts: 9:57am On Sep 10
Enjoy rest of ur life
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by exquisitehair(f): 9:58am On Sep 10
African legend. Its good to end now that the ovation is loudest.
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by iyblaq(m): 9:58am On Sep 10
SAMUEL ETO FIL
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Wendyglad(f): 9:58am On Sep 10
we'll miss you Eto'o tongue tongue


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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by kingjrofficial(m): 9:58am On Sep 10
Oboy see record grin shocked

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Pelaiye2703(m): 9:59am On Sep 10
Samuel Eto Fils...������
Forever a LEGEND...

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by BabaO2: 10:00am On Sep 10
LongrichPlanet:
Wait, Eto'o was STILL playing football??
Yes, at true age of 38
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by femi4: 10:00am On Sep 10
Second time on front page
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by omonla10(m): 10:01am On Sep 10
To me he's the greatest African footballer ever

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Skelewu: 10:03am On Sep 10
This was on front page yesterday. No more news I guess.

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Lamasta(m): 10:03am On Sep 10
The biggest to have came out from Africa
We love you E'too fils ���
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by SAMTOBIJU(m): 10:03am On Sep 10
One of Africa's greatest footballer. Africa is forever proud of you. Much Respect ...

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by b0rn2fuck(m): 10:04am On Sep 10
African legend, age factor didn't bite this one

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Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by skeg6: 10:06am On Sep 10

Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by lizdammy: 10:06am On Sep 10
He tried

Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by Starz825(m): 10:08am On Sep 10
He Don retire since three days ago....
Re: Samuel Eto'o Ends His 22-Year Football Career by banji1(m): 10:12am On Sep 10
undecided
My African best!

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