LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius best known by the nickname “Sammy“. Our Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date. The analysis involves his life story before fame, family background, relationship life, and many other OFF-Pitch facts (little known) about him.
Yes, everyone knows of his goalscoring form but only a few consider our Samuel Eto’o Bio which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s Begin.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Early and Family Life
Samuel Eto’o Fils was born on the 10th day of March 1981 in Douala, Cameroon. He was born to his mother, Christine Eto’o (a fishmonger) and to his father, David Eto’o (an accountant). Below are the lovely parents of Samuel Eto’o.
Growing up as a kid, Eto’o who was a lover of football had ambitions of becoming one of Africa’s best. An ambition which saw him begin his youth club career at the Kadji Sports Academy in Douala in Cameroon. Eto’o committed the first four years of his life nurturing his quest of getting the continental and international recognition he craved for.
Moving to France: By 1996, Eto’o moved to France to try out for a French soccer club. Sadly, he was rejected. Consequently, he had to live as an illegal immigrant due to lack of proper documentation and identification.
Despite his travails, Eto’o still stuck to his dreams and aspirations even when the future seemed bleak about his football. It was during one of those practices that Eto’o got spotted by scouts from Real Madrid when he was having fun playing football in France city of Le Havre in the year 1997.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Career Buildup
Although Eto’o started off by playing for Team B of Real Madrid in 1997, his stay at the youth team was shortlived as it suffered relegation to the third tier of Spanish football.
Consequently, Real Madrid loaned Samuel Eto’o to a number of clubs including Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca who discovered great prospects in the African Immigrant. It wasn’t long before Mallorca bought Eto’o on a permanent deal in the year 2000 for a club record fee of £4.4 Million.
After the purchase, Eto’o began an adventurous and exciting career into his football career that season scored 11 goals which earned him encomiums from pundits and media alike.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Rise To Fame
Samuel Eto’o exploits at Mallorca caught the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona in the year 2003. In the same year, Eto’o signed up for Barcelona, a move which marked the beginning of a big rise for Eto’o who was gradually becoming a face for Africa in the international sports scene.
On the same year of his move, Eto’o was not only awarded African Player of the year for the year but immensely contributed to the ushering of Barcelona into a golden era. The rest, as they say, is history.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Relationship Life
The common saying that behind every successful man is a woman is not farfetched in narrating the story Samuel Eto’o as he has a heartthrob in the person of Georgette Tra Lou, pictured below.
She does not only supports his career and movement but enjoys shares in his adventurous lifestyle.
Samuel Eto’o and Georgette Tra Lou have been childhood sweethearts and best of friends, up until their friendship culminated into Marriage. Georgette and Samuel Eto’o got married traditionally in 2004 and after a decade had a grand white wedding in Milan.
Georgette is the mother of four out of Samuel’s five children namely; Maelle, Etienne, Sienna and Lynn. Samuel Eto’o ‘s last child Annie (pictured below with her mother) was born by Eto’o lover; Barranca, an Italian hairdresser.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Age Controversy
It would be recalled that sometime in 2014, Jose Mourinho was poised with the problem with ascertaining Eto’s real age.
It became a problem after Jose Mourinho bared out his mind during a press briefing as he commented thus:
“The problem with Chelsea is I lack a scorer…I have Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?”
In fuelling the age controversy of Samuel Eto’o, his ex-lover and mother to his daughter, Annie, made a public remark following the age controversy uproar in 2014 by noting that;
“I think Samuel is not 35 he is more 39…Samuel was born in 1974 and so that makes him 39 now.”
While speculations rages and opinion differ there is no denying the fact that Eto’s real age is best known to himself. He replied to Jose Mourinho by making a mockery of the speculations. He first acted as an old man taking snuff before his goal celebration which portrayed him as an old man.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Businesses and Investments In Africa
Samuel Eto’o owns a number of business ventures both within and outside Africa. Unlike many of his colleagues who often amass wealth and invest abroad, Samuel has done a great deal in investing in Africa.
Samuel Eto’o owns an international fashion line which produces shirts, caps and sneakers targeted at both the local and international market with millions swimming in investments and profits.
Aside from the fashion brand, Eto’o has commercial interest in the communications Industry of Africa, owning one of the few successful communications company in Cameroon which is named Eto’o Telecoms.
In 2017, Eto’o opened a Chinese restaurant in the suburbs of Chicago, a restaurant which depicted his love and interest in food as well as his business sense.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Philanthropy
Samuel Eto’o background is key to his growth. Watching his family sink from reliance on his Accountant father to being fed by little proceeds made from sales of fish (by his mother) has helped the football legend grow empathy for the unprivileged and underprivileged in his community, country and continent
In 2006, Samuel Eto’o established a football academy called the Samuel Eto’o Laikipia Football Academy, a School and Environmental Education Centre spread across Africa. His goal is to promote love for the sport while imbibing the spirit of sportsmanship in kids and Youths alike.
In addition, Eto’o has produced nine graphics novels/comic book based on his life and football story. The bulk of his audience being children and teenagers whom he intends to motivate by building up their dreams in football and the likes.
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Challenge With Racism
It is no longer news that successful African players are often faced with racial discrimination in their countries of play. Samuel Eto’o is not an exception to the social anomaly as he has battled racial discrimination almost all through his football career. Starting from Spain down to Russia to mention a few.
In 2006, Samuel Eto’o was racially discriminated against during a match against Real Zaragoza in Spain. He has been numerously hailed a monkey, a racist remark which is no different to the treatment meted on his Nigerian counterpart, Osaze Odemwingie in Russia.
Having had enough, Eto’o in an interview with the CNN, complained tirelessly about the racial discrimination he faced in most country he has played for by remarking that.
“People insist on racism in Russia but the phenomenon is global. I do not say that I’ve never heard of racist insults here: it would be wrong.”
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Well Travelled
Samuel Eto’o is a traveller, an astute adventurer. Thanks to his football career which saw him play in Spain, England, Russia, Qatar, Turkey, Italy, to mention a few. In total, Samuel Eto’o played football at eleven clubs in six countries!.
Granting an interview to Courier Russia in 2012 Eto’o revealed what he admires about two specific cities he loves most.
“I am a lover of New York and Moscow made me think because it never sleeps. At two o’clock in the morning, there will always be a place open to eat or drink. Moscow offers this possibility twenty-four hours on twenty-four. This city is changing all the time. The last time I went on vacation and they were raising a building where I lived. A month and a half later, everything was almost finished. Like New York, people never stop. I like this mentality there.”
Samuel Eto’o Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Personality Facts
A major personality trait which Eto’o possess is his cheerfulness and sometimes playful demeanour which he exhibits during press conferences. The African most decorated player of all times also exhibits a good display of strong character both on the pitch and off the pitch.
To cap it all, he has an extreme love for his family and goes lengths to keep them close.
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