10 Greatest African Players of All Time

2. Samuel Eto’o Fils (Cameroon)

Samuel Eto’o, far left, shared the same stage with some of the world’s finest!

There are those that believe Eto’o Fils lives in the world of soccer’s greats on his day. And few with dispute the obvious truth. Fancy trickery and step-overs aren’t in truth his style. Nor is breaching through defences with utter brute muscle. But the one thing African footballer Samuel Eto’o does in good health: score goals. His gift to turn games and never-say-die attitude has lifted the striker to idolatry status in the eyes of the fanatical Cameroonian support. He’s a committed player, whose hunger for goals never gets in the way of his desire to do the best for his team. Eto’o is fast footed and capable of leaving his markers flailing behind him. He possesses a howitzer of a right foot, can link play beautifully and has also learned to hold the ball up more effectively. Thumping drives, delicate chips, jinking runs, audacious back-heels, even the odd header – the Cameroonian had a myriad of ways to find the net. As football became increasingly big business, Eto’o became the African ‘brand’. This attractive, enigmatic figurehead was now a comprehensive superstar, admired by all and feared by opponents.

Club: Mallorca: Copa del Rey (1): 2003, Barcelona (La Liga (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, Copa del Rey (1): 2009, Supercopa de España (3): 2005, 2006, UEFA Champions League (2): 2005–06, 2008–09) Internazionale: Serie A (1): 2009–10, Coppa Italia (2): 2010, 2011, Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2010, UEFA Champions League (1): 2009–10, FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010

Cameroon: African Cup of Nations (2): 2000, 2002, Cameroon Olympic Team, Olympic Gold Medal (1): 2000

Honours: Young African Player of the Year: 2000, African Player of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, FIFPro World XI: 2005, 2006, UEFA Team of the Year: 2005, 2006, African Cup of Nations Top Scorer: 2006, 2008, UEFA Champions League Best Forward: 2006, La Liga Top Scorer: 2006, African Cup of Nations All-Time Top Scorer, RCD Mallorca All-Time Top Scorer, Cameroon All-Time Top Scorer, 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year Third, UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match 2006, FIFA Club World Cup – Golden Ball 2010, CAF Starting XI in the Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2006

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