Thursday, May 10, 2007

Samuel Eto

There is no doubt that Eto'o is currently one of the most gifted strikers in the world. He is gifted, fast and a natural goal scorer as he can score from anywhere around the goal mouth. Further he has very good ball control and he can use both his feet which make him lethal and one of the top marksman in Spanish football.
Samuel Eto signed for Real Madrid at a tender age of 15 in the year 1996.The agile, pacey striker moved to the Bernabeu as a youngster to realize his dreams of stardom, but he never got opportunity to play regularly for the Real Madrid first team.
Eto began to show his true potential during his time at Real Mallorca where he was on loan from Real Madrid. Eto had three successful seasons with Mallorca in which he became Mallorca's most prolific goal scorer in their league history scoring 54 goals in 133 games. Barcelona was tracking this pacey Cameroonian striker and they signed him in the summer of 2004. Eto joined the Catalan club to play alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Xavi, Deco and Puyol.
In his first season at the Nou Camp, Eto'o scored 24 league goals to help Barca land the La Liga title. But it was his second season with the Catalan giants that made the rest of Spain really sit up and take notice of the three-time African Footballer of the Year. Eto'o won the top scorer award, after netting 26 goals as Frank Rijkaard's side retained their league crown. He also scored six goals during their successful UEFA Champions League campaign, including the vital equalizer in the final against Arsenal. Further, he finished third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

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