Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has announced on Saturday his retirement from football at the age of 38.
The four-time African player of the year declared his retirement on his official Instagram page, saying, ” The end, towards a new challenge. Thank you all.”
The 38-year-old led his national team at four Fifa World Cups, as well as, he won numerous trophies with the Blaugrana. Eto’o netted 56 times on his 118 caps for the Indomitable Lions.
The Cameroonian claimed gold at the 2000 Olympics, as well as, he won two Africa Cup of Nations titles with his national team in 2000 and 2002. The former Inter Milan forward began his successful career in Kadgi Sport.
He moved to Barcelona, which is considered the most successful step in Eto’o’s life, in 2004 to begin his adventure at the Camp Nou, where he scored 130 goals as he made 199 appearances for the Spanish club.
He won with Barca two Champions League, Four La Liga titles, Copa del Rey, as well as he claimed two Supercopa de España titles.
After five years with Barca, he left the Camp Nou, joining Inter Milan to begin a new challenge at San Siro, where he won his third Champions League and Serie A. He also won Coppa Italia titles twice; he also claimed Fifa Club World Cup trophy with the Italian side in 2010.
He left Inter in 2011, moving to Anzhi Makhachkala, then he joined Chelsea as he spent only one year with the Blues. He made 35 appearances with the Blues as he netted twelve goals and made seven assists.
He moved to several clubs after leaving Chelsea such as Everton (England), Sampdoria (Italy), Antalyaspor (Turkey), Konyaspor (Turkey), and Qatar SC. In 2018, he moved to Qatar SC, which was Eto’o’s last step before announcing his retirement this summer.