One of the ironies of Samuel Eto’o playing for FC Barcelona was that he first joined Real Madrid’s arch rivals, who immediately loaned him out; Leganes CD of the first section; then to the first division of Espanyol after playing one league game for Madrid; and finally to Mallorca. He did so well at the last club that they signed him for a club record and he became the highest scorer in the club ‘s history with a total of 54 points between 2000 and 2004.
The Cameroonian striker has signed for FC Barcelona after a series of negotiations between Barcelona, Mallorca and Real Madrid that kept him a choice. On one hand he did not want Madrid in the team as they already had two strikers in the form of Ronaldo and Raul; on the contrary they did not want him to play for Barcelona, a club looking for a quality striker to secure the attack after they were unable to reach an agreement with midfielder Edgar Davids, who threw the second half of the 2003-2004 Season on loan to the Catalan club.
With Eto’o in place as striker and Ronaldinho attacking midfield, Samuel Eto’o quickly proved to be good value for money and scored a total of 24 league goals in the 2004-2005 season. Although he helped FC Barcelona take the league title, he lost the title of top goal scorer in La Liga.
However, at the ensuing celebration at Campa Nou he gave a speech in which he openly criticized Real Madrid, apparently relying on the bitterness he felt for pushing the club forward in favor of a loan. it. He subsequently had to withdraw his statement and issue an apology.
The following year Samuel Eto’o was able to improve his league score and with a total of 26 points he took the “Pichichi” crown, one goal ahead of David Villa of Valencia. Due to his strong performance on the pitch he also scored six Champions League points, helping Barcelona drive all the way to the final against Arsenal. He was strongly associated with the result as the Arsenal goalkeeper was initially fouled against Eto’o in the first 20 minutes; without taking advantage of a one-man advantage, Eto’o equalized in the 76th minute from a pass from Larsson and Belletti scored the winning goal a few minutes later.
On the basis of a strong season Samuel Eto’o was awarded the UEFA Champion’s Best Forward Championship title as well as Best African Player for the third year in a row.