Samuel Eto’o Biography, Career, Awards, Family and Net Worth
Samuel Eto’o is a famous Cameroonian football player, investor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist, who currently play as a forward striker for Turkish club Konyaspor. He has retired from playing for his country Cameroon national team. He was a former forward striker for English premier league club Chelsea and Everton and was also a former forward striker for Spanish club Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
He has been described as a legend in the game of football and the greatest and most skillful football player of all time and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 10th March 1981 in Douala, Cameroon. He is currently 37 years old. He is currently Cameroon’s all-time leading goal scorer and the third most capped player in Africa with over 56 goals from 118 appearances.
Having trained at the Kadji Sports Academy and having display impressive performance at the Youth Championship, Samuel Eto’o joined Real Madrid Youth Academy in 1997. After playing for sometime in Real Madrid, Samuel Eto’o was loaned to second division Leganes for the 1997–1998 seasons.
After making 30 appearances for the club and only scoring four goals, Samuel Eto’o returned back to Real Madrid following the end of the 1998–1999 seasons. In January 1999, Samuel Eto’o was loaned out to Espanyol, but failed to make any appearances for the club.
In the summer of 2004, Samuel Eto’o was signed to Barcelona for a transfer fee of €24 million, after a thorough negotiation with Mallorca and Real Madrid.
Samuel Eto’o made his Barcelona debut in the season opener at Racing de Santander on 29th August 2004. He was among the Barcelona squad that won the 2004-2005 La Liga title. In June 2005, he signed an improved contract with Barcelona.
Samuel Eto’o has won an historic third consecutive African Player of the Year award and finished third in the running for the FIFA World Best Player of the Year, making him the only second African footballer ever to be voted into the top three best players in the world, after the Liberian football star George Weah in 2005.
On 27th July 2009, Samuel Eto’o signed for a five years contract with Inter Milan. On his first press-conference with Inter Milan, he declared that he was where he wanted to be and refused to compare himself to Ibrahimović.
According to his words; “I am Samuel Eto’o and I don’t want to compare myself to anyone. I believe the victories I have earned up to now can contribute to giving the right value to my name” he said. On 8th August 2009, Samuel Eto’o scored on his competitive debut in the 2009 Supercoppa Italiana as Inter Milan lost 1–2 to Lazio.
Two weeks later, Samuel Eto’o scored from the penalty spot against Bari in his first Serie A match. On 13th September 2009, Samuel Eto’o scored again against Parma, his first goal from an open play in a Serie A match.
On 29 August 2013, Samuel Eto’o signed a one-year contract deal with English premier league club Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. On 19th October 2013, he scored his first goal for Chelsea against Cardiff City, in which he gave Chelsea the lead. On 6th November 2013, Samuel Eto’o scored twice in a 3–0 victory against Schalke 04 in Chelsea’s home.
On 20th January 2014, during Samuel Eto’o first league start, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick goal for Chelsea, earning the Blues a 3–1 win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. On 8th March 2014, Samuel Eto’o opened scoring in Chelsea’s 4–0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur when defender Jan Vertonghen sent a back pass straight into his path. It was the 300th goal in his club career.
At the end of the 2013-2014 seasons, Samuel Eto’o contract with Chelsea expired and on 26th August 2014, he joined fellow English Premier League club Everton and signed a two-year contract with the club. He made his debut four days later in Everton, scoring one goal with a header in a 3–6 home defeat against Chelsea. On 26th October 2014, Samuel Eto’o bagged a brace for Everton, heading in the opening goal and curling in a strike from outside the area, as his club Everton defeated Burnley in a 3-1 win.
On 9th March 1997, Samuel Eto’o joined Cameroon national team. He joined the Cameroon squad a day before his 16th birthday and participated in a friendly match against Costa Rica, which later ended in a 5-0 win in favor of Cameroon.
In 1998, Samuel Eto’o became the youngest participant in the 1998 FIFA World Cup when he appeared in a 3–0 group stage loss to Italy on 17th June 1998, at the age of 17 years and three months old. In 2002, Samuel Eto’o scored an impressive goal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Saudi Arabia during the group stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup on 6th June 2002 and which was Cameroon’s only win of the competition.
Samuel Eto’o has experienced racial abuse in some away matches. He is one of several high-profile contemporary players to have reacted to the abuse by threatening to leave the pitch and being outspoken in criticism of their experiences.
Samuel Eto’o is a fast, strong, and energetic forward striker, who is known for his stamina, work-rate, ability in the air, and his accurate finishing ability both with his head and feet. Samuel Eto’o is also a powerful and prolific goal scorer with good technique composure in front of goal. He has been described as the most skillful goal scorer in the world.
Samuel Eto’o has been described as the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year awards at a record of four times which include 2003 African Player of the Year, 2004 African Player of the Year, 2005 African Player of the Year and 2010 African Player of the Year. In 2005, he was placed at third position in FIFA World Best Player of the Year awards.
Samuel Eto’o is married to his longtime girlfriend Georgette and the marriage is currently blessed with four lovely children namely Maelle, Étienne, Siena and Lynn. He currently lives in Paris, France with his family.
Samuel Eto’o is currently one of the richest and most influential football player in Cameroon with an estimated net worth of $100 million.