Samuel Eto'o Fils

Samuel Eto'o Fils

  • Name: Samuel Eto'o Fils - 9 Eto'o
  • Position: delantero
  • Place of birth: Nkon (Cameroon)
  • Date: 10-03-1981
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Weight: 75 kg

Samuel Eto'o Fils made an impact on the world of football while still a teenager. He has exceptional physical qualities and made the leap to European football at the tender age of just 16 when Real Madrid signed him up and loaned him out to Leganés.

At the age of 17 years and 3 months he became the youngest player at the 1998 World Cup in France and was the only player who had been born in the '80's.

After Leganés, he went on loan to RCD Espanyol (1998-1999) but played very little and subsequently retuned to Real Madrid (1999-2000). In the 1999-00 season, he played a few times for RCD Mallorca, eventually spending four seasons there (2000-04), with the Balearic Island club sharing his rights with Real Madrid.

During his time with Mallorca, he became the highest ever league goal scorer in the history of the club, with 54 goals. He signed for Barca in the summer of 2004 for a transfer fee of 24 million euros after a long series of three-way negotiations with RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid, thus becoming the first Cameroonian player to defend the Barca colours. He made his debut for FC Barcelona in the first game of the season at Ràcing Santander, on August 29, 2004.

Since then, he has become a veritable goal machine, scoring 25 times in his first season and making a huge contribution to winning the championship. His goal against Levante clinched the league title. He has needed just 67 matches to reach the landmark figure of 50 goals, outstripping some of the great Barca legends of the past.

Since he joined the Club he has been chosen as African Player of the Year 2004, 2005 and 2006, and picked up third place in the FIFA World Player 2005. He is a full international and one of the outstanding players in the Cameroon team and has a huge popular following in his country.

In the 2005-06 season, he was the top scorer in the Spanish League with 26 goals. In the Champions League Final on May 17 in Paris, it was Eto'o who scored Barcelona's equaliser after the Blaugrana had gone a goal down to Arsenal.


Fast, strong and direct, Samuel Eto'o, who is 1.80 tall and weighs 75 kilos, boasts considerable experience, despite still only being 23. He's a committed player, whose hunger for goals never gets in the way of his desire to do the best for his team.

Eto'o is fast footed and capable of leaving his markers flailing behind him, with a strong shot and is also an experienced penalty taker.


FC Barcelona

  • 2006-07 Spanish Supercup
  • 2005-06 Champions League
  • 2005-06 League
  • 2005-06 Spanish Supercup
  • 2004-05 League

Real Madrid

  • 1999-00 Champions League
  • 1997-98 Intercontinental Cup

Real Mallorca

  • 2002-03 Spanish Cup


  • 2003 Confederation Cup runners up
  • 2002 African Cup
  • 2000 African Cup
  • 2000 Gold medal Sidney Olympics

Individual Awards

  • 2005-06 Spanish League top goalscorer
  • 2004-05 Third place FIFA WORLD PLAYER
  • 2004-05 African Player of the Year
  • 2003-04 African Player of the Year
  • 2002-03 African Player of the Year

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PARIS (AP) -Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are the favorites to win this year's Golden Ball, awarded by France Football magazine to Europe's top player.

Ronaldo finished second to AC Milan midfielder Kaka last year, while Messi was third.

Kaka was again among the 30 nominees released Tuesday, but does not believe he will win this time.

''I am realistic. This one won't be for me. It's a shame, but it's logical,'' Kaka said. ''AC Milan did not have a good season.''

Kaka is touting United's winger to take the top prize.

''My favorite is Cristiano Ronaldo,'' Kaka said. ''He won two major titles with Manchester, and he scored a lot of goals.''

The 23-year-old Portugal winger scored 42 goals in all competitions to help United win the Premier League title and the Champions League.

The 21-year-old Messi was also in top form for Barca, scoring several breathtaking goals for the Catalan club, and also helping Argentina defeat Nigeria 1-0 to win the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in August.

''He is the kind of player I really like,'' Kaka said. ''Like Cristiano Ronaldo, he dribbles, he scores. Messi often does it all on his own.''

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Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is also among the nominees after helping Spain win the European Championship in June, scoring the lone goal in the final against Germany. Torres also scored 24 league goals in his debut season with the Reds.

Lyon striker Karim Benzema, one of only two French nominees along with Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, told France Football that Torres would get his vote.

''He scores goal after goal,'' Benzema said.

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source: The Associated Press

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