” data-lang=”en”> Share Tweet 23 hours agoSamuel Eto’o was named the African Player of the Year four times.
Samuel Eto’o, the long-time Cameroon international and former star at Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea, celebrates his 36th birthday on Friday.
Currently playing with Antalyaspor in the Turkish Super League, where he has scored nine goals in 19 games this season, the striker has won a number of trophies and honours during his career — most notably three UEFA Champions League titles, two with Barcelona and one with Inter.
He won La Liga three times and the Spanish Super Cup twice with Barcelona, then claimed a Serie A title and an Italian Super Cup while in Milan.
Eto’o also won a gold medal while playing for Cameroon in the Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000, was named the African Player of the Year four times and was the Man of the Match in Barcelona’s Champions League final win over Arsenal in 2006.
He was even the Russian Premier League’s most valuable player in 2013, when he scored 10 goals in 25 games for Anzhi Makhachkala.
So how does Eto’o’s record stack up against the rest of the continent’s greatest players? Here’s a look:
George Weah (Liberia; Monaco, PSG, Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City): Won Ligue 1 once and Serie A twice; won three French Cups; named African Footballer of the Year three times by CAF; earned Ballon d’Or in 1995.
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast; Marseille, Chelsea): Won Premier League and FA Cup four times, Football League Cup three times and UEFA Champions League once; was Ligue 1 player of the year in 2004; twice named African Footballer of the Year by CAF.
Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast; Monaco, Barcelona, Manchester City): Won La Liga twice, Premier League twice and UEFA Champions League once; won Africa Cup of Nations in 2015; named African Footballer of the Year three times by CAF.
Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast; Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic): Won Premier League twice, FA Cup three times and Scottish League Cup once; won Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.
Michael Essien (Ghana; Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan): Won Premier League twice, Ligue 1 twice, UEFA Champions League once and FA Cup four times.
Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria; Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal): Won Eredivisie three times, Premier League twice, FA Cup three times and UEFA Champions League once; twice named African Footballer of the Year by CAF; won gold medal in Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
Jay Jay Okocha (Nigeria; Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, PSG, Bolton Wanderers): Five-time Nigerian Footballer of the Year; won Africa Cup of Nations in 1994; won gold medal in Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
Roger Milla (Cameroon; Monaco, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier, Tonnerre): Won French Cup twice; won Africa Cup of Nations in 1984 and 1988; twice named African Footballer of the Year by CAF.
Lauren (Cameroon; Mallorca, Arsenal): Won Premier League twice, FA Cup four times and Spanish Super Cup once; won Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002; named player of the tournament at Africa Cup of Nations in 2000.
Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt; Al Ahly): Won Egyptian Premier League seven times, Egyptian Super Cup six times and the CAF Champions League five times; won the African Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008.
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