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Samuel Eto’o is Africa’s greatest ever footballer-Sammy Kuffour

Former Ghana International Samuel Osei Kuffour has crowned ex-Cameroonian star Samuel Eto’o as the Greatest African footballer of all-time.

Eto’o undoubtedly has been one of Africa’s most decorated players due to his exploits for his country.

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan attacker won three African footballer of the year awards in successions thus in 2003,2004 and 2005.

He also won the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

In addition, the 39-year-old won two Africa Cup of Nations titles with Cameroon and also won the 2000 Summer Olympics with his country, a feat Samuel Osei Kuffour believes makes his compatriot the greatest African Footballer.

“It’s difficult to say [who is the greatest African Footballer of all-time] because it’s a different generation now,” Kuffour, himself a 2001 Champions League winner, a Fifa U17 World Cup champion and an Olympic bronze medallist, told Goal in an African Legends Series interview.

“When you look at my generation, people may say [Augustine] Jay-Jay Okocha [of Nigeria] was brilliant. When you go to another generation, people may say Eto’o was brilliant.

“For the generation ahead of me, people may say George Weah [of Liberia] was good, Kalusha [Bwalya of Zambia]] was good.

“When you go to the next one, they would say Rabah Madjer [of Algeria] was great. Some people may also say Mahmoud El Khatib from Egypt was good. [You also have] Lakhdar Belloumi [from Algeria]… different, different generations.

“But for me, if you tell me to choose one, I will choose [based on] consistency. I don’t hate anybody, but I have to be strong and firm and choose.

“He may not have won the world player of the year but for me, I think because of the consistency, I’ll give you Samuel Eto’o [as my best of all-time].”

Eto’o currently holds the record as the African Cup of Nations all-time top goalscorer, RCD Mallorca all-time top goalscorer and Cameroon all-time top goalscorer.


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