By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon

Indomitable Lions’ and African football legend Samuel Eto’o will never say it enough, that he is the best footballer ever from the continent to have graced a football pitch.

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward might not have won the Ballon d’Or like a certain George Weah, but he thinks he remains the best ever from the continent.

Eto’o just retired from football in September, in a career that saw him win 18 major trophies, including three UEFA Champions League titles, two African Cup of Nations trophies and an Olympic Gold Medal.

He was crowned African player of the year four times and finished third on the Ballon d’Or Awards in 2005, behind Frank Lampard and Ronaldinho.

“I don’t need to lay claims on anything, it’s just a fact. Whether you accept it or not, it’s a fact,” he told AFP.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You know as an African, you are always being judged. What is unacceptable is that the first people to do it are always the Africans. They can’t take anything away from me because I am proud to be an African.

“When I look at where I came from and how far I got, I tell myself I am entitled to be proud. That doesn’t mean I am big-headed, far from it. It is just that, in this world, people like puppets and I don’t accept being one.”

The debate might go on and on, as some will cast their votes for Roger Milla, and others for Didier Drogba or even George Weah. But one thing all will unanimously agree about is that, they are all African football legends and the continent is blessed to have produced such global football icons.


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