The 31 year-old Anzhi Makhachkala captain Samuel Eto’o began his career at Real Madrid, but he only played for them six times before joining Mallorca in 2000, but then he joined Barcelona in 2004, and over the next five seasons he scored 129 goals in 201 appearances to stake his claim as one of the world’s best players at the time.
Samuel Eto’o – 527 appearances and 282 goals in career
Eto’o went on to play for Inter for a couple of seasons and joined Newcastle’s opponents Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011 for a wage reported to be a phenomenal £350K/week – and he has played 52 times for the Russian side with 28 goals and 13 assists so far.
Eto’o has also played 111 times for Cameroon with 53 goals – so his record is very good, to say the least, and it’s probably not too much a surprise that he’s idolized buy our own Papiss Cisse, who will likely be facing him on Thursday night in Moscow.
This is what Papiss Cisse told the local press today about his African hero:
“He’s an idol for me. Samuel is an extraordinary player and somebody who has played at the very top level for club and country. He’s one of the best attackers in the game. Samuel is somebody I have known for a long time and a person who I have a great deal of respect for.”
“My job is to win games for Newcastle – and I hope we win the games and get through.” “We can go far. You’ve seen how well we are doing and how well we did in Metalist.” “Our objective is to enjoy playing in the competition and to go as far as we can.”
This new Newcastle side are very disappointed at the cruel defeat at Swansea on Saturday afternoon, and will be hoping to get a good result on Thursday night, but it’s not certain Papiss Cisse will even start the game with Shola Ameobi likely to get some playing time.
And of course Shola put in a good performance at Metalist Kharkiv in the last round and got the winning goal, when he smashed in that penalty – but the Russian side will be even tougher than Metalist.
And the Nigerien-born Ameobi has been frustrated at not getting much playing time lately – but Papiss has some good things to say about his fellow striker:
“Everybody saw how well Shola Ameobi did in Ukraine.” “He won a lot of balls up front and scored a penalty.”
Anzhi Makhachkala will provide Newcastle with a firm test on Thursday night in Moscow, and the Russian side seem heavily favored to progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League.
We’ll just have to wait and see how our lads perform – but it’s a great chance to show how good Newcastle have become in the last several weeks, especially after the disappointment on Saturday.
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