African legend Eto'o calls it quits

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Africa's most decorated footballer Samuel Eto'o has announced his retirement after a glittering 22-year career.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year announced his decision on Instagram stating: "The End, towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love."

Scroll through the images above to see the illustrious career progression of Samuel Eto'o

Widely regarded as the greatest African footballer of all-time, Eto'o started his youth career at Kadji Sports Academy, before joining Real Madrid in 1997 - where he was loaned to Leganes, Espanyol, and Mallorca.
 
His impressive form after joining Mallorca permanently saw him join Barcelona in 2004 where he developed into one of the most fearsome strikers in world football.
 
With the Blaugrana he won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles, two Supercopa de Espana and one Copa del Rey. He also became the record holder for most La Liga caps by an African.
 
However, despite his feats at the Camp Nou, he was allowed to leave the club during Pep Guardiola's tenure for Inter Milan - where the iconic striker famoulsy won the treble under Jose Mourinho.
 
But his stay in Serie A lasted only two seasons, as he was lured to Russia to become the highest paid-player in the world with Anzhi Makhachkala before stints in the Premier League, back in Serie A, Turkey and Qatar.
 
Eto'o bows out with a legacy as the Mallorca all-time record goalscorer, AFCON record scorer with 18 goals and The Indomitable Lions.

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