Cameroonian and African football icon Samuel Eto’o retires

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DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 31: Samuel Eto'o #81 of Qatar SC in action during the Qatar Stars League match between Qatar SC and Umm Salal at the Qatar SC Stadium on March 31, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
Cameroonian former footballer Samuel Eto’o holds the Africa Cup of Nations trophy prior to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations final soccer match between Senegal and Algeria at the Cairo Stadium (Photo by Ahmed Awaad/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Cameroon’s all-time record goalscorer Samuel Eto’o has retired at the age of 38.

Eto’o announced his retirement via his official Instagram handle: “The end. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

He represented the Cameroon national side, the indomitable Lions, in four World Cups. He was regarded as the youngest player during the 1998 World Cup that took place in France at the of 17.

Eto’o is best remembered for his stay with Spanish side Barcelona, helping the Catalan giants to win three La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs.
He also featured for Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton.

Eto’o claimed gold at the 2000 Olympics as well as two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 with four African Player of the Year crowns – a record he shares with Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure.

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