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African footballer Samuel Eto’o sings swansong
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African footballer Samuel Eto’o sings swansong

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Cameroon's four-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto'o announced his retirement on Saturday at the age of 38.

Eto’o is best remembered for his stay with Spanish side Barcelona, helping the Catalan giants to win three La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs. He also featured for Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League.

Eto’o claimed gold at the 2000 Olympics as well as two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 with four African Player of the Year crowns – a record he shares with Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure.

He helped Jose Mourinho's team win the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy before moving to Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala.

Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, his last club. With Cameroon he won two Africa Cup of Nations as well as Olympic gold in 2000.

“The end, towards a new challenge,” the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker posted on Instagram. “Thank you all, big love, adrenalin,” added Eto'o, who enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009. In that time he won a pair of Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns before departing for Inter Milan.