"I hope God Almighty still allows me to share that feeling with them.". CNN was with football legend Samuel Eto'o when he last visited his hometown in February, before the coronavirus pandemic forced countries around the world into lockdown. The following year, the precocious youngster was, at 17 years and three months, the youngest player to be included in a national squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™. It’s no surprise he holds the record for most clean sheets in Premier League history. But it was his contribution on May 17, 2006 that was the most significant of all. In a now iconic moment, during the celebrations at a packed Camp Nou, Eto’o took time to remember sceptics, leading the supporters in a chant of ‘Madrid, bastards, salute the champions!’. 15 In 2012, Eto'o was handed a 15-match ban by the Cameroonian Football Federation for his role in a players’ strike that led to the cancellation of a friendly versus Algeria. As a member, you can try FIFA 21 right now for 10 full hours – and if you decide to buy, you'll score benefits all season long, like unique items, Ultimate Team Season Objective XP boosts, and a 10% discount on EA digital purchases. ", He then pointed out a landmark his hometown is unfortunately known for. "We tried to create dreams," Eto'o explained, naming a number of former academy players who now play for European teams. Welcome to the official Facebook page of the soccer player Samuel Eto'o. It shows the transfer history, the clubs Samuel Eto'o played for in his career, time of transfers and the transfer fees. ", A few months later, in April, reports surfaced that French doctors. This statistic shows the achievements of Karriereende player Samuel Eto'o. Eto’o’s press conference set the tone, where he said he would ‘run like a black man to live like a white man’ and added that he ‘wouldn’t have gone back to Madrid for 1000 million pesetas’. "I explained just how he should position himself when he plays," Eto'o said. 9M likes. Devastating finishing, coupled with pace, trickery and a grafty tactical nous, Eto’o preceded his own reputation. Squad number history in the national team, Arsenal present Willian - Only ten free agents deals more valuable, Best goal per game ratio since 2000: Lewandowski ahead of Mbappe, Most valuable players in 2010: Messi first €100m player - Ribéry in the top 10. A striker with bags of class and a vendetta against Real Madrid to go with it, Eto’o couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for Barça if Joan Laporta had designed him. 4 Eto’o remains the only player to have won the African Footballer of the Year award four times (in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010). **. Agent: Despite one last fantastic year at FC Barcelona in 2009, Samuel Eto’o was living a nightmare due to his tumultuous relationship with Pep Guardiola. Date of birth/Age: Mar 10, 1981 (39) Place of birth: Douala ... Several filters can be selected. One woman, dressed only in a bath towel, hastily hopped out the shower to greet him -- not wanting to miss her chance. Xavi Hernández is one of the most storied midfield players of all time. The determination to prove doubters wrong reared its head once more, particularly in pre-season preparations, where he worked like a man possessed. The odds of a side of Mallorca’s resources pulling off that kind of consistent success are tiny, and much of it was owed to the exceptional figure they had leading the line, now considered by fans to be the greatest player in the club’s history. A vital cog of Germany’s golden generation, Schweinsteiger’s solidity, technique and craft created a new template for German midfielders. Samuel Eto'o avoided prison. Although he's confined to his home in Paris during the pandemic, he has deployed his foundation to deliver "Stop Covid-19" kits that contain masks, soap, rice, water and other items to help people in Cameroon stay home and stay sanitized. But Eto'o does more than just offer mentorship. Vigo Global Sport ... Former International: "I like challenges and I especially like success," the football legend said. ... he highlighted that tenure by becoming La Liga’s top scorer in the 1998-99 season with 24 goals, leading the club to their second consecutive league title. A marksman on the pitch and an arrow for humanitarian causes off it, Eto’o was more than just a striker. Eto’o still stands alone at the top of the pile of Barça’s greatest number nines. "Our history should be written by us, and through us," Eto'o said. Samuel Eto’o’s retirement marks a particularly bittersweet moment for Barcelona, who the Cameroonian helped transform from serial underperformers to the best team in the world. Following in the footsteps of Didier Drogba, who recently retired from the international scene, another African football icon announced on 27 August that he would be taking his leave from the global stage. 117 The total number of caps earned by Eto’o in an international career that began in March 1997 against Costa Rica and ended in June 2014 against Mexico. He also carried Hungary to a FIFA World Cup final - amassing 84 goals in 85 appearances for his nation. A legend, in the truest sense. Few could pull strings finely as ‘’The Puppet Master’’ did. "How he can have the advantage over his opponent with the right body position. Please sign in to your FIFA.com user account below. Samuel Eto'o, Londres. The Blaugrana had finished second in LaLiga the season prior – even the magic of Ronaldinho not enough to stop them from enduring a fifth consecutive year without a league title or any silverware at all. With Barça only 15 minutes away from losing the Champions League final to Arsenal, Eto’o darted into the box from the wing, latched on to Henrik Larsson’s pass then fired the ball into the net. He triumphed at the 2000 and 2002 Cup of Nations, as well as at the 2000 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Sydney. ... unpredictable force of nature on the pitch. The list shows several stats such as the number of goals both have been involved in or the amount of matches and minutes. Get more from your game with EA Play**. At one point, they even formed a human chain to allow Eto'o to walk through the blocks and visit some of his loved ones. 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In some cases tickets will be left in the auction winner's name for pick up at the ticket office of the event location. After pulling up trees at Sevilla, he moved to Real Madrid and firmly planted himself as one of his generation's best strikers. A key piece was still missing in the middle of the forward line. The landmark match took place one day before his 16th birthday. Centre-Forward. Fusing strength, skill and killer instinct, Torres terrorised defences for club and country. Striker for Qatar Sports Club, SC Ambassador @roadto2022 and former Cameroonian International. Striker for Qatar Sports Club, SC Ambassador @roadto2022 and former Cameroonian International. They provide board and lodging, medical care, orthopedic implants, as well as an educational program, and psychological and emotional recovery to victims. Eto'o and Chelsea teammate Branislav Ivanovic celebrate the striker's hat-trick against Manchester United in 2014. This will allow you to make the most of your account with personalization. He scored his first goal on 28 January 2000 in a Cup of Nations match with Côte d’Ivoire, while his last came in a friendly with future world champions Germany on 1 June 2014. He was named African player of the year a record four times, and played at four World Cups -- here he is in action against Mexico at Brazil 2014. I no longer have this problem." Eto'o left London in 2014, and had brief spells with Everton and Sampdoria before joining Turkish team Antalyaspor. Guardiola’s stubborn insistence on finally moving Eto’o on just a couple of months later remains his greatest error. "Some are my paternal uncles, and others are elders in the neighborhood who took care of me in my teens; who would advise me because they felt I had something and I could get out. It seemed more likely that I would end up in that prison.". His game has been analysed and dissected but never quite emulated. "If we go a little further, we will see that the Central Prison is nearby. Šuker inspired a nation. Bursting onto the scene at Atlético de Madrid scoring 82 goals in 214 apps, it was at Liverpool where El Niño set the game alight. Heeding their advice proved wise; in 2008/09 Eto’o produced his best season in front of goal for the Catalans, scoring 36 in all competitions as part of a lethal triumvirate also featuring Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi. According to foundation director Patrick Mbiele Happi, kits were delivered to 50,000 families across the four cities affected most -- including Douala, Eto'o's hometown. The next morning, on a misty football pitch in Douala, Eto'o stood on the sideline watching a group of young players at work. In total, Samuel scored 130 goals and provided 40 assists in just 199 games for the club. "In some countries, they are not so lucky as to have someone like Papa Samuel who helps young people to be able to follow their dreams. "I grew up in the hands of people you saw," he said. Samuel Eto'o announced his retirement earlier this week. This was a player on a mission, someone determined to prove his doubters wrong and reach the absolute peak, even if he had to drag a still floundering club with him. The total cost for this lot does not include shipping costs, which are not specified until auction closing and vary according to the size and weight of the item, as well as the recipient's address. Eto'o (left) and then Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta celebrate after sealing qualification for the 2009 Champions League final with a late second-leg equalizer at Chelsea. Cole excelled at both sides of the game, which is why he played 107 times for England - becoming the most capped full-back in English history, earning himself a claim to being the nation’s greatest ever left back. ... Samuel Eto'o. Inter could hardly believe their luck when Barça offered around £60m plus their treble-winning centre-forward for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. All of that would have been enough to ensure Eto’o’s place in the list of all-time Barça greats, but what happened in the few years after truly sets him aside.