Former Barcelona and Cameroon star Samuel Eto ’ o insists he is the greatest African player to have ever played the game .
El – Hadji Diouf recently made the bold claim that he was the greatest striker ever from the continent , while Didier Drogba ’ s name always gets mentioned when debating Africa ’ s greatest player of all time .
However Eto ’ o has taken aim at both stars following Diouf’ s comments , claiming there is ‘ no debate’ whatsoever before insisting his will to be the best fired him to his illustrious career .
“Even if my brother Diouf the last time , with an extra glass , got a little lost , there is no debate’ , said Eto ’ o , via Goa l .
“ None of them (Diouf and Drogba ) can come and say that they were at my level or better .
“ And it ’ s not the fact that I say it , it ’ s a fact , it ’ s something that is there.
I wanted to be number one and I have been throughout my career. ”
Eto ’ o – along with Yaya Toure – has claimed four African Player of the Year awards while Diouf and Drogba earned the accolade twice .
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 .
Eto ’ o also featured a massive 118 times for Cameroon , scoring 56 goals and playing at four World Cups .
He also picked up Olympic gold in 2000 and clinched two African Cup of Nations titles.
However , Diouf – who sparked the debate – won just one League Cup with Liverpool , and the Scottish Premiership and League Cup with Rangers .
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