Samuel Eto'o, the four-time African footballer of the year, has reportedly signed a mind boggling deal with Russian football club Anzhi Makhachkala. According to The Los Angeles Times, the deal will pay Eto'o $14.2 million per year over three season.
The deal more or less propels Eto'o into the echelons of football’s elite of highest paid players. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the only two other players in that wage bracket, earning $17 million and $15 million respectively.
What Eto'o will earn in sponsorship and/or endorsements deals could be well over $5 million a year. Thus this could bring his total earnings to something in the region of $50 million.
Eto'o, a Cameroonian denizen, completed his move from elite Italian club Internazionale after he passed his medical on Wednesday. Anzhi will pay Internazionale, also known as Inter Milan, a sum of $30.3 million, according to the AFP.
Eto'o has played for some of the crème de crème of football clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and the aforementioned Internazionale.
At Real Madrid, Eto'o was too young to play for the senior team so instead played for Real Madrid B. That season, Real Madrid B were relegated to the third tier, Segunda Division B. Eto’o's status as a non-European Union player meant that he was ineligible to play in the Segunda league, so he was loaned out to CD Leganes.
A year later, Eto'o was loaned out to Mallorca but signed a permanent deal with the club at the end of that season. In his second season at Mallorca, he scored 11 goals and thus began garnering attention throughout the Spanish league. When Eto'o departed Mallorca for FC Barcelona two years later, he left with the record of being their all-time domestic league scorer.
It was at FC Barcelona that Eto'o came to prominence, and it was there that Eto'o earned a reputation for being a ruthless striker with a footballing brain that could rival any forward in the world. During his tenure at FC Barcelona, he scored a total of 130 goals in 200 appearances.
Eto'o is set to make his debut for Anzhi on Saturday when they play FC Rostov.