Samuel Eto'o is a gift from Africa that earned superstar status on the biggest stages of football. His fame on the pitch has brought immense wealth, showcased by one of his cars auctioned for an estimated R17-million.
Eto'o, 39, retired from professional football last year after 19 glittering years at the highest level. Four-African Player of the Year awards and 18 major titles for club and country rank him amongst the greatest strikers that ever played the game.
Scroll through the gallery above to see one of only 25 Porsche Gemballa Mirage GTs ever made
As one of the 20 richest footballers of all-time and once the highest-paid player in the game when he raked in €20-million (R400-million) after taxes per season at Anzhi Makhachkala between 2011 and 2013, his collection of supercars displays the reality of the elite.
Elite mentality - Not satisfied with the best
In February this year, his black-and-gold Mirage GT was reportedly part of classic car auctioneers RM Sotheby’s huge sale in Paris. With only 25 Mirage GTs manufactured, it has been touted as one of the rarest cars sold this year.
The specific Black and Gold version – only three were made – with an interior that turns heads with ease, is backed up by a 5.7-litre V10 engine that can reach 92kmph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 335kmph.
Life of a baller:
With the ultra-rare car only being owned by Eto'o since 2005 and only 6 501km on the clock, it's been reported by Rob Report that the car was sold for an estimated R17-million.
Did you know?
For the first contract of his football career, Eto'o is said to have earned 200 US Dollars a month (R3 700) as the bread-winner for his family.
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