Cameroonian born striker Samuel Eto’o has signed a new football contract with a Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish side Konyaspor.
The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker was unveiled on Tuesday August 14, 2018 in Qatar. Eto’o became the latest big-name to move over to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.
The four-time African player of the year will join former colleagues in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter with Eto’o.
In 2006 and 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. A year later he won the same trophy with Inter in the same team as Sneijder. The Dutchman now plays for Al Gharafa in Qatar’s domestic competition, the Qatar Stars League.
The signing is a coup for Qatar Sports Club, who finished in mid-table last season and currently have little hope of winning any domestic titles.
Earlier on Monday Eto’o said Ligue 1 clubs had contacted him after he announced he was leaving Turkey.
The 37-year-old is now in the twilight of a fabulous career. He enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, before helping Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to win the treble of Champions League in 2010, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy.
He then had brief stints at Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League.
Eto’o also scored 56 times for his country in 118 appearances and won two African Cup of Nations.
He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.