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Samuel Eto’o retires from football

Cameroon’s 54-goal all-time leading scorer Samuel Eto’o has announced his retirement from football after a trophy-laden 22-year playing career.

The 38-year-old who retired from international football five years ago is best remembered for his glittering spell at Barcelona, helping the Spanish giants to win three La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs.

The former Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid player made his international debut in 1997 during a 5-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

He went on to become an Olympic gold medallist at Sydney 2000, scoring in the final against Spain to take the match to extra-time and also slotting home his kick in the penalty shoot-out victory.

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He also won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2004 with the Indomitable Lions.

Eto’o is the leading all-time scorer in the Nations Cup with 18 goals and he appeared at four World Cup finals – 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 – playing in eight matches and scoring three goals.

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After five years at Barca, he joined Inter Milan in 2009 where he won the coveted European crown for a third time – this time under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

Short spells in the Premier League soon followed, with Chelsea and Everton among the 13 professional teams Eto’o has represented during his memorable playing career.

But in a short Instagram message on Friday night, the Cameroon legend announced that he has decided to call time on his career after leaving Qatar SC earlier this year.

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He wrote,

“The End. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”

Not only did the striker enjoy a memorable club career, but he also starred for his country and is strongly regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all-time.

Eto’o was voted African Player of the Year four times, a joint-record he holds with former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

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Man City the ‘perfect place’ for Ferran Torres, says Txiki Begiristain

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Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said the club had been tracking Ferran Torres for some time and backed him to reach the “next level” under Pep Guardiola.

“We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” he said.

“He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger.

“He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.

“I feel this is the perfect place for him to develop and with Pep in charge he can take his game to the next level.”

City have moved quickly to find a replacement for Leroy Sane after the Germany international moved to Bayern Munich in a deal worth an initial €49m (£45m/$58m) earlier in the summer.

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Guardiola is expected to follow up the signing of Torres with the addition of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in the coming days in a deal worth £40m ($52m), with a potential further £1m in add-ons.

Torres becomes City’s first major signing of the summer following deals for Juventus forward Pablo Moreno, Brazilian full-back Yan Couto from Coritiba and Burkina Faso defender Issa Kabore from Mechelen.

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City are expecting a busy summer as they try to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool and are likely to add another central defender and forward before the transfer window closes.

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Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery,  targets Guendouzi

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Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery will offer Matteo Guendouzi a route out of the Emirates by trying to sign him for Villarreal.

Emery was in charge when Guendouzi signed for Arsenal, with the club now looking to move the French midfielder on after disciplinary issues saw him fall out of favour with Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal had hoped to use Guendouzi in a part-exchange with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, but according to Standard Sports Barca are not interested in the Frenchman.

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So, as Foot Mercato reports, Villarreal could be an option for the 21-year-old.

While there only appears to be a handful of Arsenal fans who want to see Guendouzi stay, it does seem that plenty of supporters have one particular problem with the report.

Guendouzi’s stock remains high. He looks to be an extremely talented player with a bright future ahead of him. And Foot Mercato notes that he has been linked with Barcelona in this window.

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Therefore, several fans are imploring Arsenal to not sanction a loan move this summer. At the very least, they want to see Emery agree to an obligation to buy rather than an option.

Arteta may have to work with a modest budget during the coming weeks. So Arsenal arguably cannot afford to let any high-value players leave on loan.

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The fans are urging the club to move Guendouzi on permanently. And if a loan is the best they can do, they want Emery to commit to keeping him at the end of the season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, girlfriend spotted on romantic date (Photos)

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Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, have been spotted enjoying a dinner date with friends in Portofino, Italy.

The couple were pictured with some friends enjoying a candlelit dinner at the ‘La Langosteria’ near the small fishing village of Portofino, with the Portuguese captain donning a pair of grey trousers and a navy t-shirt which he matched with white sneakers, while his partner rocked a tight blue dress with white heels.

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The couple were joined for dinner by fellow Portuguese star, Jose Semedo, who played with Ronaldo at Sporting Lisbon.

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