Samuel Eto’o has joined the 13th club of his long career after signing for Qatari side Qatar Sports Club – just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish outfit Konyaspor.
The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday as he becomes the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.
The club said on social media that it would ‘present the international star Samuel Eto’o’ at a press conference. It is understood he underwent a medical earlier in the day.
ETO’O’S CAREER SO FAR
Clubs: Real Madrid (1997-2000), Leganes (loan 1997-98), Espanyol (loan 1999), Mallorca (loan 2000), Mallorca (2000-04), Barcelona (2004-09), Inter Milan (2009-11), Anzhi (2011-13), Chelsea (2013-14), Everton (2014-15), Sampdoria (2015), Antalyaspor (2015-18), Konyaspor (2018), Qatar SC (2018-present)
Total appearances: 730
Total goals: 356
International caps: 118
International goals: 56
The four-time African player of the year will join former team-mates in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona midfielder Xavi, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter.
In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi.
A year later he won the same trophy with Inter in the same team as Sneijder.
The Dutchman now plays for Al Gharafa in Qatar’s domestic competition, the Qatar Stars League.
The signing is a coup for Qatar Sports Club, who finished in mid-table last season and currently have little hope of winning any domestic titles.
Earlier on Monday, Eto’o said Ligue 1 clubs had contacted him after he announced he was leaving Turkey last week.