Cameroon’s four-time CAF African Player of the Year Samuel Eto’o confirmed on Wednesday that he was calling time on his international career.
“I inform you that I am ending my international career… Thank you to all Africa, and to all my fans for your unconditional support,” the 33-year-old announced on his Twitter account.
Eto’o, who had not been named in Cameroon’s 25-man squad for the qualifiers for the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, which begin in September played his last game for The Indomitable Lions during their FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Eto’o, who on Tuesday signed a two year contract with English Premier League side Everton, played just one match – a 1-0 defeat to Mexico – in his fourth World Cup campaign. Capped 116 times, he won two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002, a competition in which he is the all-time leading scorer with 18 goals.
He is also Cameroon’s record scorer with 55 goals. His biggest triumph with the national side was winning Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000.
Despite his failure to inspire his team on the World Cup stage he won trophies with all his clubs including UEFA Champions League titles – two with Barcelona and one with Inter Milan. As well as his four African player of the year titles he was also the top scorer in Spain’s La Liga in 2006.