CAIRO - Cameroon and Inter Milan striker
Samuel Eto'o set a new landmark for individual success in
African football on Monday after being named the continent's
Footballer of the Year for a record fourth time.
The 2010 award came five years after his last triumph and
capped a year of unprecedented club success in which he also
extended his scoring record at the African Nations Cup finals.
The Cameroon captain finished ahead of Ivory Coast's Didier
Drogba and Asamoah Gyan of Ghana in the polling for Africa's top
individual prize, awarded at the Confederation of African
Football's awards gala in Cairo.
"It is a pleasure to be a winner again, to take it for the
fourth time against such top opposition," Eto'o told a news
conference after the ceremony.
"It is true now that Africa has so many good players and
there is lots of talent coming up, so this might be a last
chance for me."
Eto'o was African Footballer of the Year from 2003-05 and
his fourth award surpasses the three titles won by Abedi Pele in
the early 1990s.
Eto'o's goal-scoring form helped Inter Milan to a triple of
titles last season, including the UEFA Champions League in which
the 29-year-old took a winner's medal for a second successive
He scored on Saturday as the Italians beat African champions
TP Mazembe Englebert in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.
Eto'o scored twice at the Nations Cup in Angola in January
to stretch his tournament record tally of goals to 18. He also
netted at the World Cup finals but later described Cameroon's
poor performance in South Africa as the biggest disappointment
of his career.
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