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April 21, 2021

Record-breaker Eto’o named Africa’s finest

CAIRO – FC Internazionale Milano and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o edged out Asamoah Gyan and Didier Drogba to become African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth time, during a ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday, uefa.com informs.

The award came two days after Eto’o helped Inter to win the FIFA Club World Cup, scoring the second goal in the 3-0 victory over TP Mazembe Englebert in the final.

Eto’o joined Inter in 2009 from FC Barcelona after winning the UEFA Champions League twice with the Spanish club and scoring in both final victories. He then helped the Nerazzurri claim the most prestigious club competition in Europe after a 45-year wait during his first season in Milan, which also saw his side take the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup. “It’s nice to be ahead of everybody for the fourth time,” said Eto’o, who is also the current leading scorer in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League campaign having registered seven times in six group stage games, quted by uefa.com. “Africa have many great players now and many others who are improving very quickly, so this could be the last time for me. It’s a great honour to be the first player to win this award four times but I still have to work hard if I want to become the best African footballer of all time. I think Drogba deserved this award as much as me this year. When I was a kid I was dreaming to win awards like this, now I’m dreaming to see an African side winning the World Cup and I hope it will become reality soon.”

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