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Who wouldn’t want to know what one of Africa’s best players regards as his best goal? Samuel Etoo made a statement revealing what he believes is the best goal he scored in his entire career when he visited his country again.

According to CNN, The former Barcelona legend who played with the likes of Messi and Ronaldinho visited Douala, Cameroon where people came out in mass to welcome him. Activities in the area stopped for a while as everyone tried to catch a glimpse of the superstar.

Samuel Eto’o played 118 times for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals. He helped his country win the African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. Apparently, this is a milestone achievement which is enough to pull the crowd. However, that is not the only reason.

Through a translator Eto’o said “People come out massively because I bring a feeling of happiness. I hope God Almighty still allows me to share that feeling with them”

“I grew up in the hands of people you saw,” he said. “Some are my paternal uncles, and others are elders in the neighborhood who took care of me in my teens; who would advise me because they felt I had something and I could get out.” He continued. This statement reveals that Etoo does not just originate from there; he belongs there.


Later that day, Eto’o  met a woman whose premature infant was receiving treatment in a public hospital that was built and fully equipped by his foundation in 2017.  There and then he announced that  “I think the best goal we have scored with the foundation has been the Samuel Eto’o Pavilion at the Lacquintinie Hospital.”

That is not all; Eto’o also visited Kadji Sports Academy where he attended before he was taken to Europe. The academy students are not only lucky to receive advice from their hometown hero, through the foundation that he started in 2006, Eto’o has also funded the development and training for many of Cameroon’s promising young footballers.

One of the academy’s students, who is  a beneficiary of the foundation,  Tchokote Gassi Christians said “I was not born to a wealthy family, so it was often difficult to come back from training and find a meal ready to help me recuperate … I no longer have this problem.” 

Samuel Eto’o, just like some African football legends like Saudio Mane, Didier Drogba and Mikel Obi also donated food, face masks and other palliatives to Cameroonians during the pandemic 

He said ‘I always say anything is possible. When I look at my life, I know that anything is possible.’ 

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