By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Over the years there has been debates about the number of UEFA Champions League trophies won by former Indomitable Lions and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o.
This piece of work is aimed at clearing all doubts about the number of successes recorded by the world football legend in the primary UEFA club competition.
The rules laid down for a player to be a UEFA champions League winner are quite clear. He must be part of the victorious club and must have played at least a minute of the competition won.
Going by this, one can comfortably say Eto’o won the champions league at Real Madrid, Twice with Barcelona and at Internationale Milan.
Samuel Eto’o was one of the 27 players selected by Real Madrid for the 1999-2000 edition of the competition.He was in the squad that eventually won the trophy in France on the 24th of May 2000.
His name didn’t just figure on the match day squads. He played three champions league games for Real Madrid that season, the first being against Molde [his first champions league game] on September 21, 1999.
He made his second appearance against FC Porto on September 28, 1999 and featured in the last against Molde on November 3, 1999.
Eto’o played a total of 42 minutes of the competition [15 minutes against Molde in the away leg and 25 minutes in the return leg plus two minutes against Porto].
Looking at the criteria for a player to be a champions league winner, one can comfortably say, Samuel Eto’o won the title with Geremi Njitap at Real Madrid in 2000.
Samuel Eto’o have on numerous occasions played down winning the Champions league with Real Madrid most likely because he didn’t play a major role like he did in the successes recorded by Barcelona in 2006 and 2009 or at Internationale Milan in 2010.
The great center forward went on to win 2 champions League trophy with Real Madrid’s rival Barcelona in 2006 and 2009 before moving to Inter Milan to win the trophy and became the first footballer to win back to back European treble.
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