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Samuel Eto'o had a wonderful strike rate whilst at Barcelona.
Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o was an integral part of the Barcelona attack during his tenure at Camp Nou between 2004 and 2009. Eto'o would score goals with amazing regularity—130 in 200 games—and his superior movement was second to none.
He was a real old-fashioned centre forward who lived for the thrill of seeing ball in onion bag.
His value was never better illustrated than in the treble-winning season of 2008/09 when Eto'o reached a personal milestone of 36 goals during the season.
In an interview with FourFourTwo in January 2008, Eto'o's supreme confidence shone through:
I’ve always scored goals, but I’ve worked on timing. Work, work, work. You get results if you work.
In training I demand to be put in difficult situations, to receive difficult balls. Scoring is only easy when the ball is in the net. I shoot a lot in training.
Out of every 100 stones that you throw you never know which one will kill the bird. My job is to score goals. Every time I feel I have a chance, I try it. If not, I pass.
But the priority is to score. When I attack, I only have goal in my head. My universe is the goal with a goalkeeper in it. That and the box.
He will perhaps also be remembered for taking a stand against racist chanting when he threatened to walk off the pitch during a game against Zaragoza—per Sid Lowe of the Telegraph.