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Eto’o Replies El Hadji Diouf Over Greatest African Player Claim

Eto’o Replies El Hadji Diouf Over Greatest African Player Claim

Legendary Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has insisted there is no debate over who the greatest African player of all time is, following claims made by Senegal legend El Hadji Diouf.

Eto’o won the CAF African Player of the Year award on a joint-record four occasions throughout his career, while Didier Drogba and Diouf both won two.

And Eto’o does not mince words about where he ranks against the pair, and in African football history.

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“Even if my brother Diouf the last time, with an extra glass, got a little lost, there is no debate”, said Eto’o, who referenced a video where Diouf appeared to be drunk.

“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.”

Diouf won the African Player award  in 2001 and 2002 and was pivotal to Senegal’s run in the 2002 World Cup, which helped earn him a transfer to Liverpool.

Eto’o won the award in 2003, 2004 and 2005 each time beating Drogba in second.

Drogba eventually won the award in 2006 and 2009, before Eto’o claimed the trophy for a fourth and final time in 2010.

Both Drogba and Eto’o secured impressive trophy hauls with their respective clubs during their playing days.

They also each won the Champions League, with Eto’o doing so three times (2006, 2009 and 2010), while Drogba helped Chelsea to their first ever triumph in 2012.

Eto’o also won the African Cup of Nations twice with his country in 2000 and 2002- a feat neither Drogba nor Diouf managed to achieve.

Several other players could also lay claim to being Africa’s greatest player though, with George Weah and Abedi Pele previously dominating the annual award.

Yaya Toure has also won the award four times since Eto’o’s triumphs, while recent years have been fought over between Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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  • No doubt, the greatest is President George Opong Weah, he remains the only African till date that no African footballers are yet to match his honor (World best) But Eto has the highest winning honors

    • Lord AMO 1 year ago

      While Weah has earned the highest honor I believe Eto’o was the more consistent player over the span of the career.  I pick him over Weah based on that alone.

      By the way, i noticed we now have an edit button. Way to go CSN staff!  Thanks for listening

    • Ogunlade Oladele 1 year ago

      The guy didn’t say Okocha is the greatest, neither did he say he (Okocha) is the best. He said Okocha is the most talented. The most talented is not necessarily the best. Read through the lines properly.

  • Goal ⚽️ 1 year ago

    CS should work on notification next time, it will help one to know when he got a reply.

    Thank you guys for the edit button.

  • This is the way I see it.

    1. Eto
    2. Kanu
    3. Drogba
    4. Weah

    But okocha is the most talented ever.