Samuel Eto'o: born to score


Cameroonian star set to continue to shine after a career at the highest level

MILAN - Samuel Eto'o's devastating combination of pace and clinical finishing makes him one of the world's most prolific strikers.

Born in Nkon on 10 March 1981, the Cameroonian made a name for himself on loan at Mallorca where he bagged 54 goals in 133 games to earn himself a permanent move from Real Madrid to Barcelona. He quickly became a firm favourite at the Camp Nou, helping the Blaugrana win 2 UEFA Champions League titles, 3 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and 2 Spanish Super Cups over five seasons.

At international level Samuel has netted 39 goals in 80 games for Cameroon, winning back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002, and Olympic Gold at the Sydney games in 2000. A three-time African Player of the Year, Eto'o has twice been top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations. He is also the competition's all time leading scorer.

In the opening match of the 2003 Confederations Cup he scored in Cameroon's famous victory over Brazil. The Indomitable Lions went on to reach the final of the competition, finishing runners-up to France.

Eto'o's scoring rate is second to none, with an incredible 242 goals in 379 games for club and country.

Our latest signing is as dedicated off the pitch as he is on it. His sensibility towards children and humanitarian causes has seen him become a UNICEF ambassador, while in his native Cameroon he has established his own Eto'o Foundation to help children. Samuel is also actively involved in anti-racism campaigns.

Honours at club level
Copa del Rey (2): 2002/03 (Mallorca), 2008/09 (Barcelona)
La Liga (3): 2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09 (Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (2): 2005/06, 2006/07 (Barcelona)
UEFA Champions League (3): 1999/00 (Real Madrid), 2005/06, 2008/09 (Barcelona)

Honours at international level
Africa Cup of Nations (2): 2000, 2002
Olympic Football Gold (1): 2000

Individual honours
Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorer (2): 5 goals in 2006, 5 goals in 2008
African Player of the Year (3): 2003, 2004, 2005
Spanish La Liga top scorer: 26 goals in 2005/06
Most goals scored in domestic league: 54 (Mallorca)
Most goals scored in history of national team: 39 (Cameroon)
FIFPro World XI Team: 2004/05, 2005/06
FIFPro Merit Award: 2005/06
UEFA Team of the Year: 2005, 2006

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