Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o retires from football at age 38


The four-time African Player of the Year has called time on his trophy-laden career after 22 years

Samuel Eto’o has announced his retirement from all forms of football at the age of 38.

The veteran enjoyed an excellent career at the top level of the game, winning numerous trophies with  Barcelona and also representing Cameroon  at four World Cups.

Widely regarded as one of Africa’s greatest-ever players, say a post on Eto’o’s official Instagram handle: “The end. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

Having spent his childhood profession at Kadji Sports Academy, he joined Real Madrid where he was credited to Leganes, Espanyol, and Mallorca.

His spectacular structure in Mallorca saw him join Barcelona in 2004. There, he won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles, two Supercopa de Espana and one Copa del Rey. He likewise turned into the record holder for most La Liga tops by an African.

At Inter Milan, he won his third Champions League under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage and furthermore included Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana, Fifa Club World Cup and Coppa Italia titles to his noteworthy take in Italy.

He was not able gather any champs’ decorations at Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor and Konyaspor, before a transition to Qatar SC.

On the worldwide scene, he was the most youthful player at the 1998 World Cup in the wake of making Cameroon squad at 17 years old.

Eto’o asserted gold at the 2000 Olympics just as two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 with four African Player of the Year crowns – a record he imparts to Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure.