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Samuel Eto’o: Former Barcelona, Chelsea and Everton striker retires after glittering 22-year career

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has called time on his glittering 22-year career.

The 38-year-old, who helped the Catalan giants to three LaLiga titles and two Champions League crowns, took to Instagram on Friday to confirm the news.

Eto’o wrote: “THE END. TOWARDS A NEW CHALLENGE …Thank you all big love, adrenaline.”

The 38-year-old, who made his senior debut back in 1997, scored more than 350 goals during a trophy-laden club career, featuring for the likes of Inter Milan, Chelsea, Everton and Antalyaspor.

Eto’o has previously stated his desire to go into management, most recently spending a season with Doha-based outfit Qatar SC.

“I won in Europe as a player, I have to win in Europe as a coach,” he told CanalPlus.

The former Cameroon captain retires as his country’s all-time top scorer, the Africa Cup of Nations’ all-time top scorer, and a four-time African Player of the Year.

SAMUEL ETO’O IN NUMBERS

Games: 718

Goals: 359

Assists: 116

Trophies: 22

CAF Footballer of the Year: x4

UEFA Champions League Winner: x3

LaLiga Winner: x3

AFCON Winner: x2

Serie A: x1

Olympic Gold: x1

Copa del Rey: x2

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