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Best Samuel Eto'o Quotes, a complete collection

A look back at the greatest Samuel Eto'o quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.

Samuel Eto'o is a retired Cameroonian footballer who played as a striker. Widely considered as one of the greatest forwards of all time,

Samuel Eto'o

had a very successful career at the club and International level. During his illustrated career, Samuel Eto'o won many major titles and individual awards including two trebles, first with Barcelona and then with Inter Milan. He won another UCL title at Barcelona along with 3 La Liga titles and 1 Serie A title. His most historic individual award winning the Best African player of the year four times.

On the international level, Samuel Eto'o was one of the main stars of the Cameroon's golden generation that played at three World Cups and won the African Cup of nations a record four times. Eto'o scored 56 goals in 118 games during his 17-years international career with the Cameroons.

Samuel Eto'o started his career at Real Madrid's academy before making history with their rivals, Barcelona. He then went to Inter Milan and had a very successful spell there. Eto'o played at seven different clubs after leaving Inter Milan and retired in 2019. He is truly among the most influential players in the history of the game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Samuel Eto'o



The Best Collection of Samuel Eto'o quotes

We present football fans with the Best collection of Samuel Eto'o quotes which includes his quotes about his personality and career as well as his comments on Messi and Ronaldo.

Samuel Eto'o quotes about his personal life and personality

Samuel Eto'o was born into a poor family from Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. He had two brothers who also became professional footballers but didn't enjoy the same level of success as Samuel. Eto'o left Cameroon for Spain to join

Real Madrid

's academy when he was 13 years old and went on to become one of the most successful African players in the history of football.

Samuel Eto'o is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He has been in a long-time relationship with his current wife, Georgette. The two married in 2007 and have four kids together. The followings are Samuel Eto'o quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On his childhood, parents and family

I come from one of the poorest countries in the world, and Cameroon is also one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

My dream when I was younger was that my parents could watch me on television.

When I was growing up, I thought everything was a life of friendship, respect, and sharing. But I discovered that unfortunately, you have people who aren't behaving in the same way but have hatred.

When I left Cameroon, I was 15 years old... I had one dream - it was to conquer the world. My dream was to become a footballer, hope to become the best someday. And I worked for it. And I'll tell you that the work is the magic of success. I wanted to prove that a young boy coming from Africa was able to succeed and achieve a lot.

I grew up in a family where my father always told me, defend your ideas when you think your ideas are good, and struggle to get your story written. And I've always fought for that.

It is important to feel the support of my family. Mentally, I can get away from everything that is football when I come home to be with them. Yes, work is a pleasure, but there will always be family.

I left Cameroon when I was 13 years old, and I've lived more in Europe than Africa.

On his hobbies and preferences

I have been to the States many times. What I enjoy most is the feeling of being undercover, that no one recognizes me. When I go to the airport almost anywhere in Europe or Africa, I am recognized.

I've always had fun in Miami.

I spent 13 years in Spain, and when you spend that amount of time somewhere, it has a deep influence on you.

On his personality, Beliefs and objectives

If you believe in something and have the strength not to give up, it can happen. I am the living proof it can be done.

There is nothing more valuable than to be healthy and to have the hope of living a better day tomorrow.

I've been a role model in terms of discipline, and I have always been rigorous and professional.

The money I have earned has given me the opportunity to give back to the people who do not have the same opportunities as me.

I am a footballer. I know how to play football ,and I know how to manage projects in the area of football. This is what I want to limit myself to.

I feel privileged to be able to do what I enjoy doing and that I also get paid to do it. That gives me great pleasure.

If one day God gives me the opportunity to coach Cameroon, it would be a great pleasure.

It is really important to have someone who tells the truth all the time.

I do not enter any controversy.

I might live in Europe, but I sleep in Africa.

If one of my own makes a mistake, they judge us all. Tomorrow, if a white man in Africa makes a mistake, we should judge all white people? No!

I have a great life, and I can't really complain.

I think all of us want to work and get paid what we are worth. No one wants to work for little money; otherwise, they would be living on the streets.

Anything can happen in life, but you have to be a man and sometimes say certain things.

You can have all the problems in the world, but you have to see out your mission.

People can attack me personally, say what they want - I don't give a damn.

I've worked hard and dreamed, and that helped me become one of the best players in the world.

Money is not the most important to me. Of course it's normal for people to say, 'Yeah, this player changed teams because of the money.' That could be the case sometimes, but after a certain level of success? No.

Everything God gives me, I take, and he's given enormously during my career.

I stick at things, will always push myself hard, and little by little, I'll get to where I want to be.

I just want to see more understanding and less racism in sports.

It's good to dream, and I was born a dreamer.

I've always said that even before Cameroon, I belong to Africa.

Like most Africans, I had to work much harder and show much deeper belief than others.

I started with nothing and reached the level I'm at today. All I had was football and God's help.

Most people only see Africa in terms of poverty and war, famine and disease.

It would be great to win the Ballon d'Or, but first, I'm thinking about the team's interest and not my personal ones.

Samuel Eto'o quotes about football and his playing style

Samuel Eto'o was known to be among the best strikers of his generation, and of all time. He was praised by fans and media for his finishing ability and work rate. He reached the top level of football and stayed at the top for almost 20 years. It is surely interesting to have a look at the

top quotes by Samuel Eto'o

about football and his own playing style.

On football

Football stadiums are just a reflection of what is going on in society. Many times in stadiums, people just feel more relaxed and say what they think when they're somewhere else.

Football is beautiful. Football is beautiful because whether you win, draw, or lose, you can go and shake your opponent's hand, whether they're white or black or red or blue.

A child comes to see his father play, have fun, make people happy, and what does he see? He sees people booing his father for being black. They make monkey noises. They throw bananas at his teammates and all that.

I had to deal with it so often, I found ways of making a point against racism. When I played against

Real Zaragoza

, they chanted like monkeys and threw peanuts on the pitch. So when I scored, I danced in front of them like a monkey. When the same thing happened against Real Madrid, I scored and held my fist in a Black Power salute.

Nobody wins or loses a match; it's the team that wins or loses. You have to be looking to contribute towards the team goal.

Sometimes, the fact that you're a footballer makes you think that racism can't happen to you because you bring that passion and you express a lot of things. When it happened to me, I couldn't believe it, and in that moment, I decided to walk off the pitch.

I have the belief that all the qualified teams can create surprises at the World Cup and not just the traditional top favourites.

Why don't you think we should dream of an African team winning the World Cup for the first time? People never allow this thought to cross their minds, and it is shameful. When you try to even say it, people look at you as if you're joking, but they forget that dreaming is the first step to success.

In all things, you need a good organization. You can have the best player in the world; if you do not have the best team, you will not win.

The fact is, as all we strikers know, we tend to get judged just on the number of goals.

No one signs a contact saying they will always start.

You know the press and the TV. There are those who are favourites and those who are not. I was one of the latter.

What I love about England is that the fans have great respect for the players on and off the pitch.

You can't promise to win a game, but you can want to win a game.

It's probably the happiest moment for me, to play in a World Cup hosted in Africa.

In the

World Cup

, you have to respect every team. You can't predict anything in football, particularly in the World Cup.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we must respect the decisions from the officials.

On his Playing style

All my coaches will tell you that I am a great professional.

I have always said that the debate about who should play in goal is part of the game, but I never play in order to silence anyone.

I've always felt comfortable, but in football, there are lows.

I know how to score goals. That's what I've done all my life, and that's what I'll continue doing.

It's not all about the figures. It's about how you play for the team, how you help your colleagues, how you work defensively.

Whenever you play football, you will always have something to prove.

I never say how many goals I'm going to score. My intention is to be happy and make sure that people around me are, too.

Samuel Eto'o quotes on Messi and Ronaldo 

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly between

Lionel Messi

and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Samuel Eto'o played alongside Messi at Barcelona in the first three years of the Argentine career. He has always backed-up the Argentine in the never-ending topic of who is the Goat in the history of football. Eto'o has also praised Ronaldo as well, especially for his insatiable hunger for success and his determination. The followings are the

best Samuel Eto'o quotes

about Messi and Ronaldo.

Messi is a god, as a person and even more as a player. I knew him when he was a boy and I’ve watched him grow. He deserves it all. I hope that he wins the World Cup with Argentina.

He must stay. He is the history of Barca. When Messi retires, which I hope will be in a long time, he can leave the No 10 there. And nobody will touch it again. I can’t imagine Leo with another shirt. It is his club, his home, his love. I do not think that his continuity is due to a question of money. Leo is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi.

Messi played with me, I didn't play with Messi. In my time, Messi played with me, It's different. It's totally different.

Messi and Cristiano will get tired of giving us joy.

Cristiano is another God of football. Together with Messi, they are the players who mark today's football with the highest marks.

“I believe he is the greatest of this life and also of the other life, When he is playing, you really have the impression that he’s playing a pick-up game with his friends.

I can remember specifically a game playing for the Joan Gamper Trophy against Juventus, in 2005,

Patrick Vieira

was on the other team, and he is one of my big brothers, he was at the top level of the time, playing for a top club. I told him ‘Big Brother, be on the lookout, you’re going to see a future great, he is going to be future number one, and his name is Leo Messi.

Top quotes by Samuel Eto'o about famous football players

In this part of our article on we will have a look at the

top quotes by Samuel Eto'o

about other football great stars including his comments on former teammates, Ronaldinho and Xavi.

On Ronaldinho:

When Ronaldinho arrived at Barcelona, they did not win anything. After my arrival, we won it all.

On Xavi:

If the Ballon d'Or was fair, Xavi would have won five or six. He deserves all the respect in the world.

On Juan Laporta:

My relationship with Laporta? I always had a direct relationship with him, in that if I said something, we would be able to discuss it like men.

On Roger Milla:

They called me Little Milla. He was one of the best in the world, not just in Africa. A lot of us think he did not win the best player in the world award just because he was African. It was an honour to have the name - he was an inspiration.

On Thierry Henry:


Thierry Henry

to sign for Barcelona. The bench is waiting for him if he wants to play centre-forward.

On Pep Guardiola:

Guardiola has never been a great player; he was just a good player.

I, first of all, reminded Guardiola that he’d never been a great player and, as a coach, he had proven nothing. He came in and didn’t even know the story of the dressing room. [He] never had the courage to say things in front of me.


told me they wanted me to stay, but I had to talk to Pep. I say ‘never, if you do not respect me, I do not respect you

I said to Guardiola, you will apologize to me because it is I who will make Barcelona win, not Messi. I was the one who made us win and Pep should ask me for forgiveness.

Pep had lived his whole life at Barcelona, but in the years I spent in Barcelona, he didn't understand the squad. He didn't like the life of our group.

It's clear today, that move, and the opportunity that Pep gave me, has gone down in history because it permitted me to be an even bigger part of football history by going to Inter, He allowed Inter to strike the best deal in football history.

On Jose Mourinho:

There is only one

Jose Mourinho

. I have played under a lot of great coaches, but there is no other character in the game like Jose.

Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers with whom I have worked. I had a chance not only to have him as a coach but as a colleague, a friend, a big brother. I had a chance to learn from him, and he was open to receiving advice from me as well, even though I think he knew it all.

There is no other coach, no other manager, who will get to motivate his players as much Jose Mourinho does. Now there are more coaches, more managers, each with their own style but in terms of motivating and getting the most out of their players that is Jose Mourinho. For me, the treble with Jose is the special one.

Best Samuel Eto'o quotes about his club and International career

We wrap up our article with some of Samuel Eto'o quotes about his club and international career. Samuel Eto'o played for some of the best football clubs in the world, Including Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea. He also had a very successful career with Cameroon National team, winning a record four African Cup of Nations.

On his time at Barcelona

In Europe, I always say that


and Real Madrid are the ones to look out for.

At Barca, we always have an obligation to win and to do it in style for our fans in the stadiums and around the world.

With Barca, we won the Champions League after many years of disappointment, and the fans went delirious.

On his time at Chelsea

I'd rather sell groundnuts in my village than to play for a pathetic team like Chelsea.

Chelsea is a great club.

English football is very different, and I had to adapt to it much more than I would have had if I had stayed in the Russian league. But after a season, I felt a lot better, a lot fitter.

I spent two great seasons playing in the Russian championship. I could have stayed there, but I went to the Premier League, which is much more competitive and requires much greater levels of fitness.

Chelsea were looking at me, and one day I would love to play in The Premiership - for the fans, not the money. They can be losing 4-0 and still be cheering. That, more than anything, would attract me to The Premiership.

On his time at Inter Milan

I will never forget the affection of the Inter fans who made me feel like one of them and who always supported and helped me.

A lot of people criticised me when I opted to leave Italy for Russia. However, I'm convinced that I made the right decision to leave Inter.

At Inter, I was the best-paid player in the world. But it's not a question of money, because when I go out onto the pitch, I only have one thing in mind - winning.

I want to write history with Inter.

On his time at Anzhi

I've never thought about leaving Anzhi since I came here. Not for a single second.

I can only say what I have lived and experienced. And the majority of people who have been to Makhachkala have come back with different opinions. It's a relaxed city but very lively, like many of the capitals in the world. At first sight, you would never say that there are political problems.

On his international career with Cameroon National Team

I was 15 when I made my debut for the national team.

Cameroon can win the World Cup. People think I am crazy when I say this, but if you believe you have the best team in the world, you are stronger.

I've won the African Cup, I've won an Olympic gold medal. That says everything.

I try to represent Africa and Cameroon as well as I can.

I experienced great sadness with our elimination from the 1990 World Cup, with many penalties. I still have that feeling of injustice in me.

I'm the best goal-scorer in the history of the African Cup.

By God's grace and strength of my work, I've managed to build a respectable image that I use to serve both my continent and my country.

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