ETO’O REVEALED HE WAS AN ‘ACCIDENTAL’ FOOTBALL STAR

I had to hide in order to play’: Samuel Eto’o reveals his parents did not let him play football until his dad accidentally saw a game in which he starred… before he was given a ‘pass’ to keep pursuing the sport

The Cameroon football star ,Samuel Eto’o has revealed how he used to hide from his parents when he played football growing up.

During a career that started at Real Madrid and then took in the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton, Eto’o amassed three Champions League titles, three La Liga crowns, two Copa del Reys, Serie A, the Coppa Italia twice and the FIFA Club World Cup.

However, life could have turned out very differently for Eto’o back in the day had he not convinced his parents to let him play football.  

‘I lived and breathed football – but my parents were very hard on me,’ the 39-year-old said via FIFA.com. ‘They did not accept the fact that I played football because to them football was something children played if they didn’t go to school.

‘I was obviously going to school and I was not a bad student, but I had a passion, which was football. I vividly remember one day I played a game in my city and I had to hide in order to go play. What I didn’t know is that my dad was with some friends in the bar in front of the field.

‘Everything I did that day in that game gave me my “pass” to play football freely. Because my parents did not know [until that moment] that I seemed to have a natural talent for the game.

I was the hero of my neighbourhood after that game. That day, when I returned home, my father arrived a little later and said: “You are so good, I saw your match today. I’m going to talk to your mother so you can keep playing.”

‘That is how he gave me a “pass” to keep playing. I was about 12 or 13 years old. From that moment on there was no looking back.

‘I had the blessing of my father and you could not keep me off that football pitch. Day or night. From there, it was one or two years before I went to Europe, and my life changed forever.’

Daily Mail