After a trophy-laden 22-year playing career, former striker Samuel Eto’o has decided to hang up his boots.
At the age of 38 he is best remembered for his glittering spell at the Nou Camp, helping the Spanish giants to win three La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs.
After five years at Barca, he joined Inter Milan in 2009 where he won the coveted European crown for a third time – this time under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Short spells in the Premier League soon followed, with Chelsea and Everton among the 13 professional teams Eto’o has represented during his memorable playing career.
But in a short Instagram message on Friday night, the Cameroon legend announced that he has decided to call time on his career after leaving Qatar SC earlier this year.
He wrote: “The End. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”
Not only did the striker enjoy a memorable club career, but he also starred for his country and is strongly regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time.
After earning his first cap for Cameroon one day before his 16th birthday, he went on to score 56 goals in 118 appearances for his nation.
His well defined and outstanding record before his retirement
1:Two African Nations Cup 2000, 2002
2:One Olympic Games 2000
3:Three Champions League 2006, 2009, 2010
4:One Intercontinental Cup with Real Madrid in 1998
5:One Club World Cup: 2010
6:One Super Italian Cup: 2010
7:One Super Spanish Cup: 2006
8:One Champion of Italy: 2010
9:Three Champion of Spain: 2005, 2006, 2009
10:Top scorer of the Spanish Championship: 2006
11:Two times Italian Cup: 2010, 2011
12:Cap of Spain: 2003, 2009
13:silver Medalist of Confederation Cup: 2003
14: silver medalist Africa Cup of Nations: 2008
15: Silver Medalist Super European Cup: 2010
16: Silver Medalist Russian Cup: 2013
17: Four times African player of the year: 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010
18:Four times African Gold League: 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011
19:One time gold medalist of Young African hope 2000
20:FIFA’s best footballer of the year: 2005
21.Two times Member of FIFPro World XI: 2005 and 2006
22:Two times Member of the UEFA Team of the Year: 2005 and 2006
23:Two times Best scorer of the African Cup of Nations: 2006 with 5 goals and 2008 with 5 goals
24:One time Best scorer of the Spanish Championship: 2006 with 26 goals
25:One time Member of the Africa Cup of Nations Model Team: 2006
26:One time Man of the match of the final of the Champions League: 2006
26:One time Best player of the FIFA Club World Cup 2010
27:One time First scorer of the year IFFHS: 2010
28:third top scorer in the Italian league: 2011 with 21 goals
29:One time Best scorer of the Italian Cup: 2011 with 5 goals
30:One time Best player of the Russian championship: 2013
31:Golden Foot 2015
32:Best scorer in Cameroon’s history with 56 goals
33:Best scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations with 21 goals
34:Best scorer in the history of RCD Mallorca with 70 goals.
He was a legend.his legacy lives forever we wish him farewell as he leaves Football and the best in his new challenges.
Special thanks To Mirror for the contribution.