Samuel Eto’o announces retirement from football

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Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o may just have announced his retirement from football.

The 38-year-old has posted an enigmatic message on Instagram that looks very much like a goodbye to the game. He wrote: “The End. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

The former Cameroon international enjoyed a glittering career and won pretty much every prize available in club football.

He was part of Barcelona’s treble-winning team and ended up claiming three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns during his time at the club.

Eto’o left Barcelona and went on to win the treble with Inter, before playing for a host of teams including Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria.

The striker is also Cameroon’s all-time top goal scorer with 56 goals in 118 appearances and the top goal scorer in AFCON history.

In 2011, he joined Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, before moving to Chelsea for the 2013-14 season, where he was reunited with Jose Mourinho, his manager at Inter.

Eto’o spent the first half of the 2014-15 campaign at Everton before joining Sampdoria in January. At the end of the season, he moved to Turkish side Antalyaspor, where he spent three years. In 2017, he joined Konyaspor before finishing his career in Qatar.

He won two Africa Cup of Nations titles with Cameroon as well as the Olympic Gold Medal in 2000 and was voted the African Player of the Year on four occasions.

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