Former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o joined Qatar Sports Club and the Cameroon star was unveiled at a press conference in Doha yesterday. Before deciding on his move to Qatar, Eto’o sought the advice of Barca legend Xavi Hernandez and Dutch star Wesley Sneijder, the Cameroon star said yesterday.
The beaming 37-year-old striker, four-times African player of the year said he had spoken to his ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan colleagues before committing to the one-year contract, and they convinced him to play in Qatar.
“Xavi and Sneijder are best friends,” said Eto’o. “Before I came to Qatar I spoke to them and they told me all conditions are good, to seize the experience and that it is good to play here.”
Xavi has played in Qatar with Al Sadd since 2015 and has been tipped to become the country’s coach when they host the World Cup in 2022. Sneijder plays for Al Gharafa and has been in the Gulf since the beginning of the year.
In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. A year later he won Europe’s biggest club trophy with Inter, this time in the same side as Sneijder.
In Doha he will play in the number 81 shirt — Eto’o was born in 1981 — and could make his debut as early as Friday when his new team takes on Al Sailiya in the QNB Stars League. They have won eight league championships, but the last of those came in 2003 and they are not expected to challenge this season. Last season they finished in mid-table in a 12-team league, a massive 36 points behind champions Al Duhail.
Eto’o also said he was confident that Qatar would host a good World Cup. “Qatar’s World Cup will be at the same level as Russia, or even better,” Eto’o said.
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Source: Peninsula Qatar