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4-time UCL winner calls it quits

Four-time UEFA CL winner Samuel Eto'o retires from football

September 7, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
A brief statement was enough for the Cameroon legend to end a football career that lasted 20 years.

An ilustrious career has come to an end with a brief Instagram post, as Cameroon star and former Barcelona ace Samuel Eto'o has retired from football.

Eto'o had an 11-year spell at La Liga, where he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Cameroon ace was part of Real Madrid's squad that won the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League, but he never earned a spot as a regular starter.

Eto'o emerged as a massive goalscoring threat as a Mallorca player, where he secured the deal of a lifetime to join Barcelona. Once with Los Blaugranas, he won the 2006 and 2009 UEFA Champions League titles, and he repeated that feat with Mourinho's Inter in 2010. 

After leaving Inter, he had a controversial spell with Russian club Anzhi, where after a few racist incidents, he decided to join Chelsea and Everton in the English Premier League. Since that did not work quite well, he joined Sampdoria, where he only lasted one season.

Eto'o spent the next three years playing in the Turkish Super Lig, where he played for Antalyaspor and Konyaspor, and his final announcement, post on Instagram, came after one season as part of Qatar SC. 

"The end. Toward a new challenge. Thank you all for your big love"

Ver esta publicación en Instagram

THE END VERS UN NOUVEAU DÉFI... Merci à vous tous big love adrénaline

Una publicación compartida de Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) el

Eto'o retires as the only African player to win three UEFA Champions League titles. Furthermore, he is the only African footballer to play in four different FIFA World Cup editions. The former striker retires as the top scorer in the Cameroonian National Team's history.

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