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Why Football legend Samuel Eto’o will go down in Afcon history as the greatest footballer

Cameroonian Football Legend Samuel Eto’o will go down in history as having scored the most goals at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) making him one of the greatest African footballers.

Cameroonian Football Legend Samuel Eto’o will go down in AFCON history.

The Cameroonian legend bagged a record of 18 goals in six editions that he played for the Indomitable Lions. He played for Cameroon scoring 56 goals in the process and earned a national record.

Eighteen of the goals came in the African flagship competition as Eto’o set himself as the all-time record goal scorer, overtaking Cote d’Ivoire’s Laurent Pokou (14 goals).

Eto’o played for teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy) and Chelsea among others, he was also in the Cameroon team that won back to back AFCON titles in 2000 and 2002.

Samuel Eto’o also took part in four more editions (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010) and scored a goal in at least all of them. This is also a set record (scoring in six different AFCON editions) that he shared with Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya and Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan – cafonline.

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The following is how Eto’o scored his record 18 Africa Cup of Nations goals;

Ghana/Nigeria 2000 (4 goals)

1. Cameroon 3-0 Cote d’Ivoire (Group stage)

2. Cameroon 1-0 Algeria (Quarterfinal)

3. Cameroon 3-0 Tunisia (Semifinal)

4. Cameroon 2-2 Nigeria (Final)

Mali 2002 (1 goal)

5. Cameroon 3-0 Togo (Group stage)

Tunisia 2004 (1 goal)

6. Cameroon 1-2 Nigeria (Quarterfinal)

Egypt 2006 (5 goals – Tournament Top Scorer)

7. Cameroon 3-1 Angola (Group stage)

8. Cameroon 3-1 Angola (Group stage)

9. Cameroon 3-1 Angola (Group stage)

10. Cameroon 2-0 Togo (Group stage)

11. Cameroon 2-0 DR Congo (Group stage)

Ghana 2008 (5 goals – Tournament Top Scorer)

12. Cameroon 2-4 Egypt (Group stage)

13. Cameroon 2-4 Egypt (Group stage)

14. Cameroon 5-1 Zambia (Group stage)

15. Cameroon 3-0 Sudan (Group stage)

16. Cameroon 3-0 Sudan (Group stage)

Angola 2010 (2 goals)

17. Cameroon 3-2 Zambia (Group stage)

18. Cameroon 2-2 Tunisia (Group stage)