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Samuel Eto'o retires from football after 22 dazzling years

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Samuel Eto'o ball tackle from behind

Samuel Eto'o, former Barcelona star, has retired from football after 22 dazzling years. The 38-year-old will be remembered for his dazzling form during his stint with Barcelona, helping the Nou Camp dwellers cart home three La Liga titles, two Champions League titles as well as winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon four times.

After a five-year stint at Barca, Eto'o moved to Inter Milan in 2009, winning the prestigious European crown under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho for the third time in his career. Eto'o also plied his trade briefly in the Premier League with Chelsea and Everton. The indomitable Lions of Cameroon legend featured from 13 professional teams during his memorable career.

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However, in a short Instagram message posted on Friday night, September 6, Eto'o revealed he was finally bowing out from the game after quitting Qatar SC earlier this year. "The End. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love,” he penned.

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Samuel Eto'o during a match

Interestingly, Eto’o is often regarded as one of the greatest football star to come out of Africa, netting 56 times in 118 caps for Cameroon.

The forward also claimed the Olympic gold with Cameroon during the 2000 Games in Australia aside from winning the Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back in two years. At the last count, Eto'o was voted African player of the year four times, an honour he shares with Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure.

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