Samuel Eto’o:Special matches that makes me feel great.
Samuel Eto’o Fils born 10 March 1981 is a Cameroonian retired professional footballer who was played as a striker. In his prime, Eto’o was regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world and he is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all timewinning the African Player of the Year a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.
Eto’o started the 2006 final as part of a Barcelona front three containing Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry.
Eto’o who stole the show, equalising in the 76th minute following Sol Campbell’s opener for Arsenal in the uefa campions league final after being play in by substitute Henrik Larsson.
Eto’o, became only the second Cameroonian winner of European football’s grandest prize. who was named Man of the Match in the final.A brillant talent, Eto’o moved to Real Madrid as a 16 year old. Due to lack of playing time in his position with more experienced players, he had several loan spells, before signing for Mallorca in 2000 where he scored 70 goals. His progressive form saw him join Barcelona in 2004 where he scored 130 goals in five seasons and also became the record holder for the most number of appearances by an African player in La Liga Winning La Liga three times, he was a key member of the Barcelona attack, alongside Ronaldinho, that won the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, with Eto’o scoring in the final, and was part of a front three of Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry that won the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, with Eto’o again scoring in the final. He is the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals. At Barcelona, Eto’o came in third for the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2005 and was twice named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, in 2005 and 2006.
The Africa Cup of Nations top scorer of all time for 38 year is Laurent Pokou before Eto’o man over at the 2008 tournament.
Laurent Pokou had been the legend of his country and scored 14 goals across the 1968 and 1970 editions of the tournament, but against Zambia,the former barcelona striker struck a penalty to equal Pokou’s haul record.
In the next match, the Indomitable Lions’ final group game against Sudan, Eto’o would strike another penalty to take the record outright, before adding his 16th in the competition history in the 90th minute.
The Cameroon super star won tournament’s Golden Boot with five goals, and would end his career with 18 goals.
No player yet as broken the record set by the Cameroon stars, the closest to Eto’o is Andre Ayew, on nine goals, and it’s difficult to see the forward’s record being broken any time soon.
Three years after their defeat over Arsenal, Barcelona were again faced another English opposition in the final as they took on Manchester United.
Eto’o opened the scoring in the scoring in the tenth minute as Barca blew away the reigning champions during a magnificent display. Lionel Messi added a second as the crown returned to Catalonia.
This UCL success rounded off a European treble for Barca, with the Messi-Eto’o-Henry triumvirate scoring 100 goals between them.
Eto’o’s goal against United meant that he became only the second player in history to score in two UCL finals.
In 2010, after succes moving to Internazionale, Eto’o mark another domestic treble—becoming the first player to achieve the feat—including another Champions League triumph.
It’s an achievement that would place him alongside Gerard Pique, Marcel Desailly and Paulo Sousa as players to have won the title with two separate teams.
Diego Milito find the back of the net twice in the final for Jose Mourinho’s Inter, with Eto’o, who had been used in a wide role by the Portuguese coach, contributing the assist for the opener.