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Samuel Eto'o advances the ball in a 2011 match against Lecce.
Samuel Eto'o's time with Inter was brief, but it was certainly prolific.
The Cameroon international arrived from Barcelona in July of 2009 in exchange for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and €46 million. Ibrahimovic had been the focal point of the team's attack for five seasons, but Eto'o immediately picked up where the Swede left off.
Overall in 2009-'10 Eto'o scored 16 times and notched seven assists. His goals included a score against Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 that sent the Italian side to the quarterfinals.
Inter would eventually win that tournament, as well as the league title and the Coppa Italia, becoming the first Italian side to achieve a treble. Coming on the back of Barcelona's treble the year before, Eto'o became the first player ever to win a treble in consecutive seasons.
Eto'o played second fiddle to fellow transfer acquisition Diego Milito in his first season, but when Milito fell off the face of the earth in 2010-'11 Eto'o filled in the void and had the best season of his career.
He scored 21 league goals and eight apiece in the Coppa Italia and Champions League. His shining moment came in the Champions League round of 16.
Inter had lost the first leg at home 1-0, but Eto'o erased that deficit after four minutes of play at the Allianz Arena. Half an hour later Bayern was up 3-1 on aggregate behind goals from Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller, but Eto'o responded again. He slipped clinical assists to Wesley Sneijder in the 63rd minute and Goran Pandev in the 88th, giving Inter the tie on away goals.
Eto'o went on to score a brace in the Coppa Italia final against Palermo to give the Nerazzurri their only silverware of the season, but a few months later Massimo Moratti made the baffling decision to sell the player to Anzhi Makhachkala with no ready replacement.
Inter scored 11 fewer goals the next season and crashed to a sixth-placed finish. Had Eto'o stayed at the San Siro, Inter may have been able to improve on some of the horrible form they've endured the last two seasons.