Samuel Eto’o became the only player to win two successive trebles with two separate teams under two different managers on this day in 2010.
Such is the rarity of winning the Champions League, the league title, and primary domestic cup competition in the same season that only eight times in the history of European football the feat has been accomplished.
Not even the heavyweights such as Real Madrid, Juventus, or Liverpool have landed the trio of trophies in a single season.
But Samuel Eto’o, in his lustrous 21-year long career, managed to do it on two occasions.
The first treble came for Eto’o with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – widely regarded as one of the best teams of all time. The star-studded Barca squad with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, and Andres Iniesta revolutionized the football world with tika-taka and brought down every team that stood in their way to success during the 2008/09 season.
The presence of Eto’o up top further flourished the Catalans’ chances. Scoring 30 league goals from 36 games that term, the former striker made a sizeable contribution in his side’s endeavor.
The second treble for Eto’o came with Inter Milan led by Jose Mourinho. He swapped Barca for Inter after the end of the 2008/09 season in a move that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic take the opposite route. Diego Milito was the talisman in Inter’s 2009/10 exploits while the Cameroonian, with 16 goals all season, also played a significant part.