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Samuel Eto’o Announces Retirement From Football

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Barcelona and African football legend, Samuel Eto'o has drawn the curtain on his illustrious footballing career.

The former Cameroon international who started made his senior debut 22 years ago has seemingly announced his retirement aged, 38.

In an Instagram post on Friday, the two time African Nations Cup winner wrote: "THE END. TOWARDS A NEW CHALLENGE ...Thank you all big love, adrenaline."

Eto'o started his career with Cameroon youth team Kadje Sports Academy before he was signed by Spanish La Liga side, Real Madrid where he made just three league appearances for the club’s first team.

He was then loaned to Real Mallorca where he enjoyed a good spell and subsequently signed for them. He went on to score 54 goals in 133 league games, catching the attention of Barcelona who signed him in the summer of 2004.

Eto'o became an instant hit with the Catalan club, scoring 51 goals in his first season and finishing as the third-best player in the world behind Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard.

The quick forward won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, a Copa Del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups before joining Inter Milan in 2009.

Under Jose Mourinho's guidance, Eto'o won the treble(Serie A, Champions League, and Coppa Italia), the Club World Cup and another Coppa Italia.

The latter part of his career saw him move across different teams in different leagues, including a stint in the Premier League where he played for both Chelsea and Everton, but that was after spending three years in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Cameronian returned to Italy with Sampdoria before he made the switch to Turkey where he played for Antalyaspor, and Konyaspor before joining Qatar SC.

Eto’o is Cameroon’s all-time top scorer, the Africa Cup of Nations’ all-time top scorer, and a four-time African Player of the Year.

He has in the past shared his desire to be a coach, "I won in Europe as a player, I have to win in Europe as a coach.” the football icon told CanalPlus in an interview.