Although he is in the end part of his career, Samuel Eto'o remains an important part of the Cameroon team – on and off the field. The winner of more honours than any other African footballer, past or present, Eto'o stands alongside ‘Old Lion’ Roger Milla in the hearts of Cameroon fans. However, things have not always been easy for the Nkon-born player, who was sent to France with his brothers at the age of 14, but failed at his first attempts to find a club. He was finally spotted by Real Madrid, but made no breakthrough, playing just a handful of games. He moved to a number of clubs on loan and blossomed once a loan to Real Mallorca had been made permanent. From the beautiful Balearic Island he moved to Barcelona, before a falling-out with coach Pep Guardiola saw him move to Inter Milan. With the Nerazzurri he won the Champions League in his first season, ensuring him a second consecutive treble. Amongst the titles he has won are three for the Spanish league, one in Italy, and he owns a remarkable three Champions League winner's medals. He is currently with English Premier League club Chelsea after spending two seasons in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.
As well as his club honours, Samu has not been short of trophies with the national side. Since his first cap at the age of 15 in a friendly against Costa Rica, he has won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations twice with Cameroon, in 2000 and 2002, as well as the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in 2000. The four-time African Footballer of the Year first played in the FIFA World Cup™ in 1998 as a 17-year-old. Brazil will be his fourth appearance on football's biggest stage, making him just the third African player to achieve that. He is the all-time top scorer in the history of both the AFCON, and the Cameroon national team. The one thing missing for the Cameroon captain and icon is FIFA World Cup success.