Samuel Eto'o in Hospital After Being Involved in Car Crash

Tom Gott
Nov 9, 2020, 3:00 PM GMT
Samuel Eto'o is in hospital after being involved in a car crash
Samuel Eto'o is in hospital after being involved in a car crash | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has been taken into hospital after being involved in a car crash in his native Cameroon.

The 39-year-old, who announced his retirement from playing back in September 2019, is believed to have been travelling home from a wedding near Nkongsamba when his car was hit by a bus.

As reported by Martin Camus, Eto'o has walked away from the crash with what is described as a minor head injury, but he has been kept in hospital for further checks to make sure that's all that has happened.

BBC Sport add that bus driver initially tried to flee the scene after hitting two cars head-on, but he was later apprehended and is now understood to be in police custody.

Eto'o has declined to press charges and instead can be seen in video footage speaking calmly to the driver, urging him to be more careful on the roads.

The Cameroonian legend had been enjoying his retirement since walking away from Qatar Sports Club in September, just seven months after he first joined the club.

In total, he bagged 427 goals across his career for club and country, enjoying memorable spells with Barcelona and Inter before embarking on a trip around the globe to represent a whole host of clubs as his career began to wind down.

After leaving Everton in 2015, Eto'o returned to Italy for a brief spell with Sampdoria, but he lasted just six months back in Serie A before jetting off to Turkey, penning a three-year contract with Turkish side Antalyaspor.

A switch to Konyaspor followed in January 2018, before his final move to Qatar later that year. He had held plans to continue until 2020, but ultimately opted to call time on his career in the summer of 2019.

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