FC Barcelona and Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o has stated categorically clear that what he achieved in football was far ahead of what Didier Drogba and El Hadji Diouf did in their playing days, therefore making him the greatest on the African continent.
The Cameroonian made this declaration following what Diouf and Drogba said recently. The Senegalese dubbed himself as the best striker to come out of the continent whereas the Ivorian also labelled himself as the African star.
In spite of this, the 39 year old has come out quickly to rubbish those claims stating it was his dream to be number one during his playing days and indeed he was able emulate that. “I’m not saying this just for saying sake because it is the fact”, he added.
El Hadji Diouf won the African best player on two occasions in 2001 and 2002 but never won the AFCON. So as Didier Drogba who also never won the Nation’s Cup but grinded the African best player award twice in 2006 and 2009.
On the other hand, Samuel Eto’o was an established footballer in the African game. He’s won the African best player accolade on four occasions (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010). Again, he’s a two time AFCON winner in 2000 and 2002. He also won gold medal for Cameroon in the 2000 Olympic Games which was held in Sydney, Australia.
Samuel Eto’o 39, said;
“Even if my brother Diouf the last time, with an extra glass, got a little lost, there is no debate,” GOAL quoted Eto’o.
“None of them (Diouf and Drogba) can come and say that they were at my level or better. And it’s not the fact that I say it, it’s a fact, it’s something that is there. I wanted to be number one and I have been throughout my career.”
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim