Samuel Eto’o may be one of the best strikers to have ever graced the game of football, but he lost a considerable amount of credibility and reputation when he moved to Russia for what must have been purely financial reasons.
It wasn’t the move of a player looking to build a legacy. It was the move of somebody who didn’t give a damn about what the world at large thought. Had he hung around in the big Leagues for a few more years, until his powers really started to dwindle, he could have established himself as a true footballing legend.
He may look back on his career in a few years time and regret the decision. That’s if he’s not too busy counting his money.
He made his name at Mallorca, before moving to Barcelona in 2004 where he started scoring for fun. During his five years at the Camp Nou, he scored a startling 145 goals in 108 appearances. That kind of conversion rate is almost unheard of at the top level. In 2009 he moved to Inter Milan, where he continued to impress.
Then, in August 2011, Anzhi Makhachkala agreed terms with Inter Milan and offered Samuel Eto’o an estimated £350k a week. It’s not hard to see why the Cameroonian international was tempted. That’s a knee-bucklingly large wad of cash. The move, however, was unfortunate. He has been sorely missed among the European elite.
But, if you believe the Press, Samuel Eto’o could be on his way back. More specifically, he could be on his way to the Premier League. According to The Mirror, both Chelsea and Manchester United have him down as a transfer target.
Thankfully, the player is believed to be willing to take a pay-cut in order to make a move away from Russia. Good thing too – Eto’o is now 32-years-old and has no right to be on wages that high.
He has, however, kept up his old scoring form. In 71 appearances for Anzhi, he has scored 36 goals. Not bad for an old fogey.
If he’s willing to take a major pay-cut and Anzhi are willing to let him go for his current market value, then Eto’o would be a good signing for either club. He’d probably be an astute addition for Manchester United, given the club’s current predicament with Wayne Rooney.
Any deal for the player looks to be a long way away, but it sure would be good to finally see Samuel Eto’o move to the Premier League!
What’s your take? Can Samuel Eto’o still produce the goods?
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