Samuel Eto’o is one of Africa’s most recognisable name and face in football. And for a good reason too; in his playig days. Samuel Eto’o went beyond the ordinary and broke many records on his way to cementing himself as one of Africa’s finest exports to represent his country and by extension, his continent.
However, the truth is that behind the footballer, there’s a man. And that man is who we are exploring today. Here are a few things that you might not know about Samuel Eto’o.
He is Cameroon’s top scorer All Competition
Over his 118 appearances for the indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Eto’o banged in 56 goals-a record number of goals for Cameroon. As it stands, Eto’o is the highest goal scorer for Cameroon.
Samuel Eto is a father of 5 children (3 with his wife and 2 from previous relationships.
Unbeknown to many people, Samuel Eto’o is a family man. He is currently the father of 5 children in total. 3 of his children he had with his wife Georgette while he has two children from two previous relationships.
Eto’o holds a Spanish passport
Having played in Spain for over 10 years, Samuel Eto’o naturalized as citizen of SPain. This he did to make sure that he did not need a work permit to play that the EU laws require.
He has written nine graphic novels about his life
Samuel has collaborated with artists to publish nine graphics based books about his life. These books are mainly meant to motivate young people that look up to Samuel.
He is the most-decorated African player of all time
Eto’o has won many prestigious awards in his career as player. At the individual level he was crowned Africa’s best in player in the years; in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010. He was also the third-place runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.
He is a champions league winner, a Nation’s cup winner. an Olympic gold medalist etc.