Samuel Eto’o announces retirement from football

Former Cameroon international, Samuel Eto’o, has announced retirement from football after a 22-year spell.

The four-time African Player of the Year last played for Qatar Star League side, Qatar SC, which he joined in the summer of 2018 from Turkey’s Konyaspor.


In an Instagram post on Friday evening, the 38-year-old wrote in French which is translated to mean “The End. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

Eto’o played for 12 different clubs throughout his career; among them were Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton.

He joined Real Madrid as a youth player in 1997 and spent the next three years with Los Blancos but could not cement his position in the first team.

He shot to fame after joining Barcelona in 2004 where he scored 108 goals in 144 appearances covering five seasons.


The three-time Champions League winner moved to Serie A with Inter in 2009 and after a brief spell in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala, the forward joined Chelsea in 2013 before making another move to Everton after a year.

A transfer to Sampdoria in 2015 was followed by a move to Turkey with Antalyaspor, where he spent three years before joining Konyaspor.