Throughout his career, Eto’o has been no stranger to controversial situations.
Earlier this year his Chelsea career came to an end following a very public dispute with Jose Mourinho. Admittedly, the manager was the initial protagonist, publicly questioning the player’s age, but Eto’o didn’t shy away from conflict and delivered a very visual demonstration of what he thought of the manager’s comments.
He has regularly made the headlines in Cameroon due to his confrontations with the national football federation, while in Russia, with Anzhi Makhachkala, he appeared to be a player motivated by money rather than by a desire to test himself in one of Europe’s major leagues.
Then again, who am I to criticise a three-time La Liga champion and a three-time Champions League winner!?
Martinez, speaking to Sky Sports, has praised the striker for the contribution he can make in the dressing room, saying:
He wants to still learn and push himself and for the players around him, he is going to be a really good example. He feels ready to do that – he is at an age and moment of his career where he is ready to pass messages on. But he is still as hungry as ever to reach good individual targets and do whatever he can for the team.
Here at Bleacher Report, we’re not completely convinced.
One would think that, as an elder-statesman, Eto’o would be keen to lead by example and would put the silly business behind him. Sadly, over the last few years, it hasn’t always would be the case.
It would be a surprise if Everton were to enjoy two controversy-free seasons with the Indomitable Lion.