Samuel Eto’o announced his retirement from football last Saturday. Eto’o had a great career and played for some of Europe’s top clubs – Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

He’s also considered by many as Africa’s greatest of all-time. Here are key stats that underpinned the Cameroon legend’s remarkable career:

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After switching from Barcelona to Internazionale in 2009, Eto’o became the first player in history to win two European continental trebles, having clinched the domestic league, the domestic cup and the Champions League in Spain, and then Italy.

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Samuel Eto’o and Sulley Muntari celebrating their 2010 UEFA Champions League triumph

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African Cup of Nations titles: While many African greats were left unfulfilled at the continental high table, Eto’o twice conquered the continent with a fine Cameroon generation. The striker won the title in both 2000 and 2002, and also clinched the Golden Boot twice—on 2006 and 2008.

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Samuel Eto’o with the AFCON trophy

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Champions League titles: Eto’o won two with Barcelona, and a third with Internazionale. No African player has more.

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Samuel Eto’o and Xavi with the Champions League trophy

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African Footballer of the Year awards: Eto’o was recognised by Caf as the continent’s finest on four occasions, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. Only Yaya Toure can match Eto’o’s haul, but no African player has more.

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Samuel Eto’o working as a pundit

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Eto’o’s age when he moved to Real Madrid. Ultimately, he didn’t make his name with Los Merengues, moving onto Real Mallorca in 2000 ahead of a productive stay in the Balearic Islands.

Ultimately, Real’s loss would be Barcelona’s gain.

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Samuel Eto’o during his days in Real Madrid

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African Cup of Nations goals: A record in the competition, having eclipsed Cote d’Ivoire great Laurent Pokou.

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Samuel Eto’o when he played for Cameroon

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Cameroon goals: No Indomitable Lion has ever scored more than Eto’o, and having retired from international football somewhat prematurely—after the 2014 World Cup—the Cameroonian great could surely have scored many more.

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Samuel Eto’o playing for Cameroon

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Mallorca goals: Despite playing with Los Bermellones for only four and a half years, and early in his career, Eto’o remains the club’s all-time top scorer.

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Cameroon appearances: Eto’o’s 13-year Indomitable Lions career puts him second on the all-time list of outings for the Central Africans, tied with Geremi. Only the great Rigobert Song, with 137 appearances, has amassed more showings for Cameroon than Eto’o.

 

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Samuel Eto’o during his last days for Cameroon

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Barcelona goals: During his productive five-season spell with Barca, Eto’o netted a magnificent 130 goals in all competitions. It puts him fourth in the list of the club’s all-time scorers, despite having played for the club significantly less than the three players ahead of him in the list—Lionel Messi, Cesar Rodriguez and Lazlo Kubala.

 

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Samuel Eto’o playing for Barcelona

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