One of Africa’s finest footballer, Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o Fils, has been named ambassador for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which is the 22nd edition and the first men’s international football jamboree to be held in the Arab world and a Muslim majority country.
Eto’o currently plays for Qatar SC in the Qatar Stars League and has scored 12 goals in 28 appearances.
The 38-year-old former Indomitable Lions captain joined Qatar SC in August 2018 where he has received a lot of admiration in the Qatar Stars League for his brilliant foot works.
The 2022 Qatar World Cup will take place from November 21 to December 18.
In his prime, Eto’o was regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world and he is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, winning the African Player of the Year a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.
A precocious talent, Eto’o moved to Real Madrid as a 16-year-old and due to competition on his position with more experienced players, he had several loan spells, before signing for Mallorca in 2000 where he scored 70 goals.
Winning La Liga three times, he was a key member of the Barcelona attack, alongside Ronaldinho, that won the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, with Eto’o scoring in the final, and was part of a front three of Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry that won the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, with Eto’o again scoring in the final.
He is the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals. At Barcelona, Eto’o came in third for the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2005 and was twice named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, in 2005 and 2006.
After brief spells with Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, and Sampdoria, Eto’o found prolific form again in the Süper Lig with Antalyaspor having scored 44 goals in 76 league games. In 2015, he received the Golden Foot Award.
Eto’o has participated in four World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations. He is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, with 18 goals, and is Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer and third most capped player, with 56 goals in 118 caps.
Eto’o announced his retirement from international football in August 2014.