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#READ: Samuel Eto’o Files

Early Life
He started his European football top-flight career at Spanish giants Real Madrid at 16 years of age.
He was initially tipped to continue his development at Real Madrid B, but they got relegated to the third tier where non-European players are not allowed. So he was loaned out to Leganes where he struggled for form even after being given ample game time.

After this loan spell, he was sent out on two other loan spell to Espanyol and then to Mallorca.

He has two brothers who are also footballers: David and Étienne . Eto’o has four children: Maelle, Étienne, Siena and Lynn. He married his longtime sweetheart Georgette on 6 July 2007. Georgette is the mother of Siena and Lynn, who both live with her in Paris. Samuel Eto’o is the uncle of Ulrich Bapoh who plays for VfL Osnabrück.

Eto’o found his breakthrough at Mallorca, netting 6 goals in just 13 appearances at 19 years. Initially signed on loan, he was subsequently signed permanently by Mallorca for a club record fee. He became a hit with he fans and scored tow goals in the Copa Del Rey Final against Huelva. This was the first and only time Mallorca ever won the cup. After scoring 67 goals in all competition in 4 years for Mallorca, Eto was approached by Barcelona.

International Career
Eto’o was born in Douala and a native of Nkon, a suburb of Yaoundé . He made his first steps in the district of Mvog-Ada, one of the poorest of the Cameroonian capital.
He was the youngest participant in the 1998 FIFA World Cup when he appeared in a 3–0 group stage loss to Italy on 17 June 1998, at the age of 17 years and three months. Eto’o has one World Cup goal to his name but majority of his international success has come in African tournaments.

Eto’o was a part of the squads that won the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations , and was a gold medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He has scored 56 goals for Cameroon and is the joint leading scorer in the Africa Cup Of Nations.

In December 2010, Eto’o became the first man to be named African Player of the Year for a fourth time. In June 2014, Eto’o was selected in Cameroon’s squad for the
2014 FIFA World Cup, becoming the third African to participate in four tournaments. After joining Everton, on 27 August 2014, Eto’o announced his retirement from international competition.

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