8572c7e15c868210VgnVCM200000e66411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q3<b>Factfile:</b> Samuel Eto'o7572c7e15c868210VgnVCM200000e66411ac____<b>Factfile:</b> Samuel Eto'o<p><b>1981:</b> Born Samuel Eto'o Fils on March 10 in Douala, Cameroon.
<b>1997:</b> Earns his first international cap with Cameroon in a 5-0 friendly loss to Costa Rica. Signs contract with Real Madrid, but is soon loaned out to Leganes.
<b>1998: May</b> — Scores three goals in 28 league games for the Segunda Division club.
<b>June</b> — Included in Cameroon's World Cup squad aged 17 years and three months. Becomes the youngest player to feature in France during a 3-0 group-stage loss to Italy.
<b>1998: July</b> — Loaned out to La Liga club Real Mallorca, where he receives widespread praise for scoring 11 goals in 1999-2000 campaign.
<b>2000: February</b> — Wins the African Nations Cup as Cameroon beat Nigeria in a penalty shoot-out.
<b>July</b> — Makes move to Mallorca permanent as the club splash out a €5.09 million (Dh26.6m) fee.
<b>September</b> — Scores a goal from open play and a penalty in the shoot-out of the 2000 Olympic Games final as Cameroon beat Spain to take the gold medal.
<b>2002:</b> Helps Cameroon lift the African Nations Cup for a fourth time after another penalty shoot-out victory, this time against Senegal.
<b>2003: February </b>- Wins the first of his three African Player of the Year awards.
<b>May</b> — Scores two late goals in the Copa del Rey final to help Mallorca beat Recreativo de Huelva.
<b>June</b> — Helps Cameroon reach the final of the Confederations Cup where they lose in extra time to France. On target as Cameroon record a famous victory over Brazil.
<b>2004: February</b> — Wins African Player of the Year award for the second time.
<b>July</b> — After becoming Mallorca's all-time leading domestic league scorer with 54 goals, Eto'o signs for Barcelona for €24m.
<b>2005: February</b> — Completes hat-trick of African Player of the Year awards.
<b>May</b> — Scores 25 goals in 37 league appearances to help Barca win Primera Division title.
<b>December</b> — Finishes third in voting for the Fifa World Player of the Year.
<b>2006: January</b> — Named in Uefa's Team of the Year.
<b>February:</b> Finishes top scorer of the African Nations Cup with five goals but cannot prevent Cameroon losing to Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals.
<b>May</b> — Collects back-to-back La Liga titles and finishes as league's top scorer with 26 goals. Scores equaliser as Barca come from goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in Champions League final in Paris.
<b>2007: January</b> — Named in Uefa's Team of the Year.
<b>February</b> — Refuses to come on as a substitute in a league match against Racing Santander, claiming he did not have enough time to warm up.
<b>October</b> — Receives Spanish citizenship.
<b>2008: January</b> — Finishes top scorer in African Nations Cup for the second time as Cameroon finish as runners-up. Becomes the tournament's all-time leading scorer after a penalty against Sudan takes his tally to 15.
<b>February</b> — Scores his first league hat-trick in match against Levante.
<b>August</b> — New Barca coach Pep Guardiola confirms Eto'o will remain at Nou Camp for coming season, after initially deeming the Cameroon frontman surplus to requirements.
<b>2009: February</b> — Scores his 99th and 100th league goals for Barcelona in a 2-2 draw with Real Betis.
<b>May</b> — Helps Barca achieve a league, cup and Champions League treble. Scores 30 league goals and becomes only the second ever player, after Real Madrid legend Raul, to net in two Champions League finals as the Catalan club defeat Manchester United 2-0 in Rome.
<b>July 23</b> — Agrees personal terms with Inter Milan over switch to San Siro from Barca which would see Zlatan Ibrahimovic head in opposite direction.
<b>July 27</b> — Signs a five-year deal with Inter Milan.</p>