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Samuel Eto'o's glittering career

Published 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) May 15, 2020
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Samuel Eto'o played 118 times for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals. He helped his country win the African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. AFP/Getty Images
He was named African player of the year a record four times, and played at four World Cups -- here he is in action against Mexico at Brazil 2014. Matthias Hangst/Getty
Eto'o (left) and then Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta celebrate after sealing qualification for the 2009 Champions League final with a late second-leg equalizer at Chelsea. It would be the second of his three European titles. AFP/Getty Images
Eto'o takes instructions from Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, where he won the Champions League in 2010 after leaving Barcelona. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Eto'o speaks to reporters after his August 2011 transfer to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. AFP/Getty Images
He was one of several highly-paid players brought in by Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov. AFP/Getty Images
In 2013, he moved to English club Chelsea, reuniting with Mourinho. Here Eto'o hits his 30th Champions League goal in the last-16 win against Galatasaray in March 2014. Clive Rose/Getty Images
Eto'o makes fun of speculation about his real age after scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham. Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images
Eto'o and Chelsea teammate Branislav Ivanovic celebrate the striker's hat-trick against Manchester United in 2014. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Eto'o left London in 2014, and had brief spells with Everton and Sampdoria before joining Turkish team Antalyaspor. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images/file
Eto'o set up Yellow Whistleblower FC in 2015 to help people fleeing Nigeria and Cameroon amid a rising tide of attacks from Boko Haram militants. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/getty images/file