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Name Samuel Eto’o
Spelling Sameul Eto’o
Gender Male
Ethnic Cameroonian
Job Cameroonian Footballer
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Org Cameroon National Team
Club as Player Inter Milan
  Barcelona FC
  Real Madrid
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2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o after Frank Rijkaard claimed he refused to come on as a sub against Racing Santander and was backed by Ronaldinho] It really p**d me off that a team-mate should poke his nose in and say I need to think more about the team - especially when it’s him who needs to think more about the group! We have the guy considered the best in the world but Samuel Eto’o is also the best in the world. I know he’s slagging me off but he should have the b**s to say things to my face instead of stabbing me in the back

2010 09 17 Retrieve

[Inter Striker Samuel Eto’o Wants To End Career In France’s Ligue 1] After the career I have had, playing for PSG would make me dream. But, to do a favour for Roger Milla, it wouldn’t cost me a thing to say that I will play my last season in Montpellier

[And Eto’o is prepared to break economic boundaries to help push the move through] Money? That would not be a problem

2011 06 17 Retrieve

[Nwankwo Kanu calls it quits from football, long live the legend!] After playing against him [at Afcon 2006], I was honored and today I came here to show how much we respect and appreciate his achievement, inspiration, motivation and charitable gesture. Kanu is undoubtedly the most recognized successful and talented footballer I have ever seen on the field

2016 04 16 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o waxing poetic about the English Premier League leaders] I had the chance to fall in love with a lot of clubs, now I’m in love with Ranieri’s Leicester. Jamie Vardy? He’s very good, but Leicester’s real phenomenon is Ranieri. Incredible

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] He’s very English in his personality and a great leader of his team. He never gives in. Terry is strong and surprisingly quick. He also scores some important goals

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] He’s won the African Footballer of the Year award like me. In his position, he’s one of the few players who holds the ball up and scores lots of goals. He has scored nearly one in two for his whole career. He is two types of striker in one

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Sameul Eto’o reveals he gave the pre-match speech ahead of the 2010 UEFA Champions League final when Internazionale beat Bayern Munich 2-0] I told the guys: ‘Either we die on that pitch and come home with the trophy, or we die and don’t return to Milan’. But, thank God, it all went well and we returned home to Milan with the trophy

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o reveals the pep talk he gave Mohamed Salah when they were team-mates with Chelsea back in 2014] I hope that Salah remembers the day we were together in Stamford Bridge dressing room after he’d had a poor performance. I asked him to be patient and told him ‘you are a good player and you will become a great player’. Salah has turned into that big player and will write his own story through persistence and strong desire. The whole thing depends on Salah himself, he has unbelievable skills and is currently performing at a top level

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o believes that Real Madrid’s new signing Eden Hazard is close to the level of Lionel Messi] Hazard has to win the Ballon d’Or. He hasn’t been valued enough but now he’s at one of the best teams in the world all eyes will be on him. He’s close to Messi’s level and I hope that he plays Barcelona when he’s not at 100 percent

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o has backed Romelu Lukaku to continue to shine at Intermilan following his club-record move to the Serie A side] Welcome to the Inter Milan Romeo. More than a team, it’s a family you join. There, you will rub yourself with stars, so there is no doubt that you will continue to shine. Good luck in this new adventure that I hope [will be] filled with goals. Make us proud little brother!

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Legendary Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o has seemingly announced his retirement from football at the age of 38] THE END. TOWARDS A NEW CHALLENGE …Thank you all big love, adrenaline

[He most recently spent a season with Doha-based Qatar Sports Club, and has spoken in the past of his desire to pursue a further career in coaching] I won in Europe as a player, I have to win in Europe as a coach

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o believes Mourinho back at Barcelona would be beautiful] It would be beautiful. I’d like to ask Jose to come to Mallorca, that would be good, the best city in Spain. But I’d like him at Barca even more.

[Eto’o knows all about Mourinho’s coaching qualities having spent time working with him at Inter and Chelsea] I’m sick of saying that this guy is one of the best people in the world of football. I ended my career and the first person to send me a message was this man

[Eto’o added on a coach he enjoyed an historic treble triumph with at Inter in 2010] All the players fought for him, killed for him

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o joked he will kill Xavi if his former Barcelona team-mate never coaches the Catalan giants] He is the f*cking boss in Qatar and in Spain. If he doesn’t end up coaching Barca, I’ll kill him!

[Xavi and Andres Iniesta were part of one of football’s great midfields, with Eto’o hailing the latter’s talent] In the [2006 Champions League] final in Paris he played like Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined. I already said in my first interviews: he’s the best player I have trained with. People were surprised I didn’t say Ronaldinho or Messi, but time has proved me right. He’s never been recognised at the level of Leo or Cristiano, but Xavi and Iniesta are at that level

[Ansu Fati already has two goals in three La Liga appearances and Eto’o is excited by the forward’s huge potential] Only God knows what’s to come with Ansu Fati. He’s very good. That one has two pairs of balls… he doesn’t have one pair, he has two

[Fati has been playing alongside Barca’s new signing Antoine Griezmann, who also has two La Liga goals this term] Playing at Barca is like drinking a good glass of wine. Griezmann is drinking from that glass and enjoying it for a long time

2019 09 18b Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o is begging for racism to be removed from football] These have been very sad moments and the worst thing is it keeps repeating itself. I ask on my knees for you to help us so that football in the stands is cleaner, with more education. Yellow, black, orange… in the end, we’re all the same, and our children should know that. They shout at you like a monkey and then ask you for a photo. They have a photo with a monkey

[Eto’o also hopes such a triumph would blaze a trail for non-white coaches] I want to be the first coach of colour to win the Champions League, by playing with a team like Guardiola does

[Eto’o scored in Barca’s Champions League final win over Arsenal in 2006 and then broke the deadlock when the Catalans beat Manchester United 2-0 in Rome three years later. He celebrated the opening goal by slapping his exposed forearm] It meant, ‘I am black and that is why they don’t talk about me’. I was the only one from the two teams to have scored in a Champions League final [apart from Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008] and nobody talked about me. They talked about Cristiano, about my boy [Lionel] Messi, who had not yet arrived… but the one who had scored in a final before was me. And I scored again

[Most recently at Qatar SC, Eto’o has called time on his playing career but is already plotting a return to Barca] I’m sure I’ll come back. How? I don’t know, but I’ll come back!

[Eto’o says his post-playing plans are simply] To relax and have fun with my wife

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Legendary striker Samuel Eto’o has backed Romelu Lukaku to be a hit with Inter] I like Lukaku on and off the pitch. There are footballers who feel like stars and others who are like normal people - he’s in the second group. And you’ll see how many goals he’ll score. We were together at Everton. He was very young but very intelligent and has said important things about racism

[The 38-year-old, who had spells with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Chelsea, Sampdoria and many more during a long and distinguished playing career, believes that there should be a general strike in response to the Racism issue] Getting off the field is the right answer. Football moves a lot of money but most of the players who generate it are black. If one day, all over the world, with the help of their white colleagues, they decided not to play, that’s it: it would change a lot. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said something very important on the night of the FIFA Best awards: ‘No more talking: doing.’ The head of world football said that. We need rules in football, too, tough rules. In future, I’d like to be remembered not as a footballer, but as a guy who brought something to football. And who helped in the fight against racism

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o is confident Lionel Messi will extend his contract] He can extend his contract at Barcelona. He still has the legs to go with it. I think he will finish his career at Barcelona and if he feels he can do it then he can do it

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Eto’o calls for Villarreal winger to step up] He is an incredible player who is growing in leaps and bounds and it’s just a matter of time. He is a quality player and he needs to score more goals, but he has the quality and ability to be more than just a goalscoring forward. Once he gets all of that he will be top

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[Eto’o says Barcelona star Messi’s legacy impossible to surpass] He would move between the B team and the first team, and he was very good. We already knew back then that Messi would one day be what he’s become. I’m very happy because he’s achieved that through his own hard work

[Eto’o says one of the most pleasing aspects of Messi’s success is the way he has managed to stay grounded] He hasn’t changed at all. He’s still the good person that I knew back then and that I still know. He recently said ‘thanks to Samuel’, thanks to my advice – that I won’t reveal here – that his career changed. Back then he had to iron out a few things but he’s always had that talent. I’m proud and happy to see the story that he’s written and that hasn’t ended yet. It’s going to be very difficult, impossible even, to surpass his legacy. The most important thing for me is his character. Everyone appreciates him, adores him as a player. But he’s a wonderful guy and I’m proud to still be among his friends

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Sergio Aguero says Messi will stay at Barcelona unless something catastrophic happens] He hasn’t changed at all. He’s still the good person that I knew back then and that I still know. He recently said ‘thanks to Samuel’, thanks to my advice – that I won’t reveal here – that his career changed. Back then he had to iron out a few things but he’s always had that talent. I’m proud and happy to see the story that he’s written and that hasn’t ended yet. It’s going to be very difficult, impossible even, to surpass his legacy. The most important thing for me is his character. Everyone appreciates him, adores him as a player. But he’s a wonderful guy and I’m proud to still be among his friends.

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o has restated his belief that he is the greatest African footballer of all time] Even if my brother Diouf the last time, with an extra glass, got a little lost, there is no debate. None of them [Diouf and Drogba] can come and say that they were at my level or better. And it’s not the fact that I say it, it’s a fact, it’s something that is there. I wanted to be number one and I have been throughout my career

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o has instructed Xavi to return to Barcelona while Lionel Messi is still playing] I’ve told Xavi that whatever happens, he has to go back to Barca – and I told him that he has to do it while the God of Football is still there. He played with him, and that will make it easier for him than for another

[Meanwhile, Eto’o has told Barca that Luis Suarez cannot easily be replaced, even if they add Lautaro Martinez to their ranks from Inter this summer] I love Suarez. He’s making an incredible story with Barcelona. We’re both lucky to have played for such a club. Luis is always Luis, he is one of the best players in the world in his position. It is obvious that Barca have to reinforce themselves, but it is not necessary to take away the stripes of a general. Luis is a general, he is a captain, and he cannot be demoted. Lautaro is doing very well, but people have a tendency to forget recent history. Luis has written the history of Barca and of football. We must admit it. That does not mean that new players should be excluded, but you can’t forget the greats

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o says Alexis Sanchez has been unlucky and can star for Inter] Alexis has been unlucky this season because of that injury. But the quality he has is not up for discussion. He is a player who can make a difference at all times. He is a different attacker, with his movement, and he is lethal one-on-one. It’s normal that it takes take for him to get back to his best. He arrived at Inter following a period without playing much at United. He has different skills, someone like him is always comfortable at a club like Inter

I was with him in the hotel where he lived in Milan. For me he’s a great player, with a long career, especially with his national team, he’s very respected. He hasn’t been given the right time, he can’t play so little, he needs to stay on the pitch for several games, for ninety minutes. He needs time to go back to be the player he is. He needs two games to gain confidence, but he needs to do it whilst starting and playing the full game. I’d keep Alexis for another year at Inter. He’s a goal scorer, physically he’s very well and still has a lot to give. He’s a guy who has scored a lot of goals and will continue to do so.

2020 06 12b Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o is looking for Lionel Messi to play until he’s 70] Leo is the best player in the world and the best of all time. I’d always pick the team asking Messi who he wanted next to him, in his team. Every team in the world wants Messi. Then, you have to give him support. He can’t run like a 25-year-old kid anymore, although he does sometimes. What we have to do as Barcelona fans is give him the best team in the world to keep enjoying him. He has to play until he’s 70 so that we can enjoy him more

[on Pep Guardiola] I stick to what I said, and I’m not the only person who has said it. My experience with Pep at Barcelona was what it was, but on a personal level it wasn’t what we hoped for. Many players have said the same about him. As a coach, Pep prepares games like nobody else. How he coached us in 2009 was incredible, his way of seeing attacking football, control, having the ball, rondos, Pep was the best at that. As a player, you had the feeling that you didn’t run much, although you did, because you were enjoying it. They are specific techniques for those of us who love good football. For me, football is feeling like you’re in a theatre, and seeing tiki-taka, passing the ball, it’s not the only way to win but it’s special. It’s Pep’s way.

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Samuel Eto’o on Leo Messi] Leo is the best player in the world and the best of all time. I’d always pick the team asking Messi who he wanted next to him, in his team. Every team in the world wants Messi. Then, you have to give him support. He can’t run like a 25-year-old kid anymore, although he does sometimes. What we have to do as Barcelona fans is give him the best team in the world to keep enjoying him. He has to play until he’s 70 so that we can enjoy him more