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Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast National Soccer Team, left, with Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon National Soccer team reacts during a meeting before a training session in St-Gratien, outside Paris, France. Friday, May 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Eto’o: Messi, Puyol and Drogba lead tributes for retired Barcelona and Cameroon legend

GOAL | The African football icon had announced his decision to call time on his 22-year playing career on Friday

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol, present club captain Lionel Messi, former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and a host of football stars have sent their best wishes to Samuel Eto’o after his retirement.

Eto’o took to social media on Friday to make a low-key announcement of his retirement from the playing scene following an illustrious 22-year career which started in 1997 at Real Madrid.

The 38-year-old played in Spain with Real Madrid, Leganes, Mallorca, Espanyol and Barcelona before travelling to Italy where he featured for Inter Milan and Sampdoria. He also had stints in England with Chelsea and Everton. In Turkey he played for Anzhi Makhachkala, Antalyaspor and Konyaspor.

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  1. you will forever remain in our hearts,
    and you will always be remembered as one who thought us that all things are possible,
    we wish you the best and may our Great God continue to guide and protect you in the Name of Jesus Christ,.


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    • Malvin, people from Cameroon don’t speak English but French. And no doubt he is a living soccer legend, but he is not 38 years. If I’m more than forty and of the same age with David Eto his younger brother. Then how old can him be.

      • And what is your problems if the man is 50 year old buddy try to get a life that man have done a lot for his country and Africa what have you done with you small age for your family

      • People from Cameroon don’t speak English but French???? Terrible! You are pathetic! Who mandated you to speak for people from Cameroon?? You should speak for yourself, not for people from Cameroon, especially if you are not from Cameroon! Leave the people from Cameroon alone! You are not their spokesperson! Before i end, i must correct you by telling you that people from Cameroon speak English and/or French.

  2. Crazy reporting once again. Anzhi Makhachkala is in Russia. Not in Turkey. Please get your facts straight and do proofreading before posting.

  3. The legacy of Samuel etoo will keep on cherished

  4. good luck Eto’o even at sixties when Born soccer player you will dribble it I can recall your days with Gauch it was real soccer

  5. I guess he also played in Qatar before his retirement. Goodbye from the pitch Legendary Eto’o. You were a phenomenal player in your days. In fact you are irreplaceable. We will miss your dribbling and tantalizing playing on the pitch. Enloy your retirement.

  6. I’m shocked that this guy who lied about his age repeatedly until Mourinho called him out is getting this much attention in this forum. Where have you all been guys? It is about time Eto’o collects his belongings and exit the football pitch as soon as possible before he continues to be the laughingstock that he has become lately. This egomaniac never used his bully pulpit for once to mediate the Ambazonia crisis before failing. All he did was to go on national television and announce to Cameroonians who he would be voting for, that should be a slap in the face to every Cameroonian regardless of political affiliation. I thought Eto’o would steal a page from Drogba’s book where he was widely credited by the international community for helping mediate the crisis in Ivory Coast between

    • government forces and the rebels. Instead, we saw a coward with zero leadership skills in the name of a captain with only elementary education to his credit sticking out his chest in front of camera informing us who he would be voting for. Sad!

  7. Camer believer (Colby)

    A hen have nothing to say when it comes to teeths matters.

    • I wish people with a brain could counter an opinion piece with a cordial and more substantive response instead of this piece of garbage.

      • Camer believer (Colby)

        In other words @Stupid idiot people of your kind have nothing to say when its comes to football cause the place you belong to I can bet have never produced 03 footballers to the national team of Cameroon (senior ) in 45 years of history then why are you barking over what is not part of your culture?????

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