Eto’o is the continent’s most decorated footballer and arguably the continents greatest ever player. His long list of trophies reads like none other. He has three UEFA Champions league titles to his name, with him notably scoring in two finals.
Back home in the continent he has two AFCON titles to his name and an Olympic Gold medal with his country Cameroon in Sydney 2000.
Eto’o has spent most his carreer playing in Europe where he made a name for himself, having joined Spanish giants Real Madrid as a 16-year-old, although its at the Los Merengues’ arch-rivals Barcelona in Catalonia where he earned his fame and fortune – valued at approximately $95 million – before moving on to Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton among others.
The rhythms of Africa, though, still beat fervently in his heart with the 40-year-old’s philanthropy stretching far beyond just building artificial football pitches in Cape Town. His “Yellow Whistle Ball Blower” initiative plays an influential role in assisting victims of Boko Haram and other humanitarian crises on the continent.
Eto’o is planning on using the pitch to help young Footballers in Cape town South Africa to grow their talent and be discovered by the world
When asked to name his five aside team he went on to say, “Rigobert Song, George Weah, Roger Milla, Abedi Pele and Doctor Khumalo,”
Having closed off his glorious career as a player-coach at Turkish side Antalyaspor, he furthermore wants to see the road smoothed for African coaches to have the opportunity to impart their knowledge in the great cathedrals of European football.
The current injustice of it all does not sit well with Eto’o, especially having recently been a spectator at the CAF Champions League final in Morocco where South Africa’s Pitso Mosimane became the most successful African coach of all time when he led Al Ahly to their tenth CAF champions league title.
“First of all congratulations because he (Mosimane) has a brilliant record and he once again showed it in the final. It is something incredible, but we find ourselves with a big problem that Africans cannot coach in Europe,” Eto’o said.
“The European coaches come easily to Africa. I think it is time that we put this problem on the table so that our leaders can find solutions.”
Eto’o has shown what can be achieved when a dream is complimented with hard work. It is now for everyone else to follow his lead