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Samuel Eto’o retires from football after 22 year career

Samuel Eto’o retires from football after 22 year career

Samuel Eto'o has announced his retirement from football with a message on his social networks. The Cameroonian striker has put an end to his stage as a footballer at 38, and after playing for Qatar Sports Club. Eto'o was a professional player for more than 20 years, and his five seasons at Barça (2004-2009), where he became one of the best strikers in the history of the club, stand out.

The player Widely regarded as one of Africa’s greatest-ever players, Eto’o will be most fondly remembered for his time at Barcelona.

Samuel Eto'o will be remembered by barca fans for always delivering on the pitch. The Cameroonian, who played 234 games for Barca, scored 152 goals, figures that helped him become the top scorer in the 2004/05 league season -25 goals tied with Forlán - and in 2005/06 - 26 goals. With 108 goals in 144 games, Eto'o remains one of Barça's top scorers in the league.

Two goals from Eto'o that Barcelona supporters will always remember. They are those scored in the 2006 and 2009 Champions League finals. Two fundamental goals that allowed Barça to win the European title. The Cameroonian won 10 titles in total at Barça: 2 Champions Leagues(2005/06 and 2008/09), 3 leagues (2004/05, 2005/06 and 2008/09), 1 Copa del Rey(2008/09), 2 Spanish Super Cups (2005/06 and 2006/07) and 2 Catalan Cups (2004/05 and 2006/07). In addition, he was recognised as Africa's Best Player in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.

After five years at Barca, he joined Inter Milan in 2009. While at Inter Milan, Eto’o won the treble under the guidance of Jose Mourinho that included a third European Cup win, winning a European treble in two consecutive seasons.

Short spells in the Premier League soon followed, with Chelsea and Everton among the 13 professional teams Eto’o represented during his memorable playing career.

On the international scene, he was the youngest player at the 1998 World Cup after making Cameroon squad at the age of 17.

Eto’o claimed gold at the 2000 Olympics as well as two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 with four African Player of the Year crowns – a record he shares with Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure.

Eto’o also represented Cameroon at four World Cups, ending up with 56 goals in 118 appearances for his country.

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