Samuel Etoo has called it quit on a successful 22-year career that saw him play for many top European clubs.
The former Barcelona forward has announced his retirement from football and all related activities at age 38.
The four time African Player of the Year winner had an excellent trophy-laden career that saw him win many trophies at the Camp Nou. He also represented his country, Cameroom at four World Cups.
Etoo, widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time made this announcement via his official Instagram handle. He wrote:
“The end. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”
The veteran forward started off his career at Ladji Sports Academy before making a dream move to Real Madrid who later loaned him to a trio of Laliga clubs – Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca.
Etoo’s performances were appreciated at Mallorca and it was for this reason Barcelona brought him in 2004. At the Camp Nou, he lifted two Champions League titles, four Laliga titles, two Supercopa de Espana and one Copa del Rey. He is also recognized as the African player with the most appearances in the Laliga.
During his time at Inter Milan, he lifted his third Champions League title, penning down his name as one of a few exclusives who lifted back-to-back champions league titles with different clubs. In addition, he added added Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana, Fifa Club World Cup and Coppa Italia titles to his impressive haul in Italy.
Etoo was however unable to receive any medals at any of Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor and Konyaspor, before a move to Qatar SC.
The 17 year old youngster made his debut for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in 1988 becoming the youngest player at that year’s competition.
He clinched gold at the 2000 Olympics tournament followed up by African Cup of Nations titles in 2002 and 2004, wrapping up his international career ad four time African Player of the Year.