FACTBOX-Soccer-Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o
MADRID, July 27 |
MADRID, July 27 (Reuters) - Factbox on Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, who moved to Inter Milan from Barcelona on Monday as part of a swap deal for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
Born: Nkon, Cameroon on March 10, 1981.
* Left the Kadji sports academy in Cameroon to join Real Madrid in 1997 after impressing on a tour of Spain. A loan deal to Real Mallorca in 2000 was eventually made permanent, though Real retained an option on him.
* Won the King's Cup with Mallorca in 2003 and became the club's all-time top scorer in the league with 54 goals before signing for Barcelona in 2004 for a fee of 24 million euros.
* Top scorer for the Catalan club with 24 goals as Barca won their first league title in six years in 2005.
* Barca won a double the following season with Eto'o topping the Primera Liga's scoring charts with 26 goals to help them retain their league crown. He also scored the opener as Barca came back to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League final.
* Knee injuries blighted Eto'o's next two seasons though he still achieved double figures in both campaigns. Barca said he was surplus to requirements at the end of the 2007/8 campaign but incoming coach Pep Guardiola changed his mind.
* Excelled with 30 league goals and scored the opener in the 2009 Champions League final as Barca beat Manchester United 2-0 to complete a league, King's Cup and European treble.
* Has been subjected to racial abuse at a number of Spanish football grounds. In Feb. 2006, tried to leave the pitch during a league match at Real Zaragoza after receiving racist abuse from home fans. Coach Frank Rijkaard and team mates convinced him to continue. Zaragoza were fined 9,000 euros ($12,700).
* Ends a protracted transfer on July 27 by moving to Italy's Inter Milan as part of a deal which sees Inter striker Ibrahimovic join Barcelona.
* Won his first international cap with Cameroon the day before his 16th birthday in 1997 in a friendly in Costa Rica. Went to the 1998 World Cup finals and came on as a substitute against Italy as the youngest player in the tournament.
* Scored his first international goal in the African Nations Cup in 2000, which Cameroon won, and later in the year helped the country's under-23 side win the Olympic gold medal with a final triumph over Spain in Sydney. * Was named African Footballer of the year for a record-equalling three successive years between 2004 and 2006.
* Became the highest scorer in the African Nations Cup in 2008 when he netted a penalty against Sudan to pass Laurent Pokou's long-standing tally of 14 goals.
* Made a public apology and offered to pay medical expenses after headbutting a Cameroon radio journalist ahead of a World Cup qualifier against the Cape Verde Islands in 2008.
(Compiled by Mark Elkington, editing by Justin Palmer; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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