Samuel Eto’o gives £30k watch to each of his 24 Cameroon team-mates

Former Barca hitman offered incentive for WC qualification


Samuel Eto’o may have grown a reputation as being a bit ‘difficult’, but it seems, like Didier Drogba, he’s actually all heart.

After Cameroon secured their passage to next year’s World Cup last weekend with a 2-0 win over Morocco, Eto’o made good on a promise to give every member of the squad a £30k watch.

Getting a Cameroon call-up is an extra-special affair, considering the striker has a history of giving things away to his fellow countrymen. Four years ago Samuel shelled out £60k after promising the squad two grand each should they beat Ivory Coast in n upcoming match.

His charity doesn’t stop at fellow pros though. According to Football Italia:

Eto’o is not shy of making a bet, as long as the proceeds go to charity. Three years ago, he did a deal with Ford whereby they would send an ambulance to Cameroon for every goal he scored above a certain quota.

He is now in the process of recycling Europe’s unwanted shoes, installing special bins in Spanish department store El Corte Ingles where people can donate them to charity.

[Football Italia via Dirty Tackle]

2 responses so far
  • Superalf // November 18, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Good gesture and good intention. I prefer with DD did was a grand move for community.

  • Al // November 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Reading a book about football on Robben Island and there’s a photo of Eto’o playing there to celebrate what it meant to the prisoners and what the end of Apartheid means to the world. He’s a class act in an era of not so many class acts. Thanks Eto’o- the whole world is watching and likes what it sees.

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