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“My Parents Didn’t Want Me To Play Football At First” – Eto’o Reveals

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Cameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o has revealed that his parents were at first opposed to his playing football, but had to change their mind after a particular event.

It's A Fact, I'm The Best African Player Ever - Samuel Eto'oGrowing up the former Barcelona player said he used to sneak out to play football because his parents were not interested in the sport.

He said the breakthrough to keep playing football came after his father accidentally saw him and knew of a surety that he had the talent.

Speaking to FIFA.com, the 39-year-old said “I lived and breathed football – but my parents were very hard on me. 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.”Read more: Coronavirus: Africa Is Not A Playground, Didier Drogba Samuel Eto’o, Drag French Doctor Over

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Eto’o said “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.

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“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, Eto’o said.It's A Fact, I'm The Best African Player Ever - Samuel Eto'oPhoto Credit: Getty

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