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Ex-Barcelona & Inter star Samuel Eto’o retires from football

Samuel Eto'o , Inter Milan, Barcelona, Cameroon
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Former Barcelona and Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o has called time on his glorious 22-year playing career at the age of 38.

Eto’o last played in the Qatar Star League for Qatar SC, whom he joined from Turkish side Konyaspor in the summer of 2018. Although he only made 16 appearances for the club, who narrowly avoided relegation courtesy of a playoff win.

Now Eto’o has posted a message on social media on Friday, which seemingly announces the end of his illustrious career.

“THE END, TOWARDS A NEW CHALLENGE,” the ex-Cameroon striker wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you all big love… adrenaline.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players in history, Eto’o first came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid before enjoying a goal and trophy-laden spell with rivals Barcelona between 2004 and 2009.

The striker scored an impressive 130 goals for the Blaugrana in just 199 appearances in all competitions. It helped the club win eight trophies, which included three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns.

After leaving Camp Nou, Eto’o went on to make some more history by forming part of Inter’s treble-winning side of the 2009/10 season under Jose Mourinho.

He also kept the goals coming by scoring 53 times in 102 games during a glorious two-year stint.

Eto’o later played for Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, Konyaspor and finally Qatar SC.

Although the striker’s success wasn’t limited to just club football having enjoyed a stellar career at international level for Cameroon.

After arriving as the youngest player of the 1998 World Cup at just 17, Eto’o became Cameroon’s all-time top-scorer by bringing home 56 goals in 118 appearances for the Indomitable Lions.

He also claimed two African Cup of Nations titles and a gold medal for Cameroon during the 2000 Olympic Games.

Now Eto’o, who holds a record-equalling four African Player of the Year titles with Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, has decided to hang up the boosts for the final time.

To read up on Eto’o’s profile on Ronaldo.com click here.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 19: Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon celebrates scoring the first goal with team mate Eyong Enoh during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group E match between Cameroon and Denmark at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 19, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)