Samuel Eto'o: How Jose Mourinho Ingeniously Convinced Cameroon Legend to Join Inter Milan

Samuel Eto'o: How Jose Mourinho Ingeniously Convinced Cameroon Legend to Join Inter Milan

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Samuel Eto'o has opened up on his move to Inter Milan in 2009
  • The Cameroon legend was persuaded by Jose Mourinho to join Inter
  • The Barcelona legend ended up winning the treble at Inter Milan

Former Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o has disclosed the genius move by Jose Mourinho that convinced him to join Inter Milan in 2009.

Fresh off winning the treble with Barcelona, Eto'o surprised fans of the Catalan club after deciding to join the Italian giants.

The former Cameroon striker went on to win another treble, helping Inter Milan to the Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League titles. He became the first player to win back-to-back trebles with two different clubs.

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Samuel Eto'o in action for Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League. Credit: @Inter
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According to Eto'o, it took the Portuguese gaffer only a photo to persuade him to make that bold decision to move to the Italian league.

"Mourinho convinced me in a simple way," Eto'o told Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by Marca.
"He sent me a photo of Inter's No. 9 shirt and wrote to me saying: 'It's yours, it's waiting for you'.
"[Marco] Materazzi then messaged me saying: 'If you come to Inter, we'll win everything.'
"I didn't have his number in my phone so I asked [Demetrio] Albertini: 'Is it yours?'
"Such a thing had never happened to me in my whole career and that message carried great weight in my decision."

Eto'o went on to become a legend for the Nerazurris before later leaving to join Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, per Transfermakt.

Eto'o in talks with Mbappe over nationality switch

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cameroon Football Federation president Samuel Eto'o has reportedly convinced Ethan Mbappe, the younger brother of PSG star, Kylian Mbappe, to play for the Indomitable Lions.

Ethan has the option of playing for either Algeria or France, but it seems the teen sensation is leaning towards his Cameroonian heritage.

Having lost Mbappe to France, Eto'o wants to make sure FECAFOOT does not repeat the same mistake twice, especially with the PSG star becoming a key play for Les Bleus.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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