Last updated: 10 november, 2010 - 13:50 GMT

Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o

In 2010, Samuel Eto'o further cemented his place in footballing folklore by playing in a Uefa Champions League-winning side for the third time.

Following his Barcelona triumphs in 2006 and 2009, the Cameroonian's success with Italy's Inter Milan meant he managed to win back-to-back Champions Leagues with different sides.

Eto'o's bulging trophy cabinet must be toppling over after he recorded a Champions League, league and cup treble with Inter just twelve months after doing the same with Barcelona – the Cameroonian becoming the first player ever to achieve the feat.

Eto'o displayed the depth of his footballing ability by playing a key role from an unusual position on the flanks, from where he scored the crucial goal that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League in March.

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Following Rafa Benitez replacing Jose Mourinho as Inter coach, the Cameroonian profited from both the Spaniard's pressing style and an injury to Diego Milito. The Argentinian was Mourinho's preferred attacking spearhead but Eto’o has shown what he can do in his absence.

He leads the Champions League scoring charts with seven goals in just four games, while his strike rate in one of Europe's most defensive leagues is seven in nine. Pure dynamite.

Internationally, the Douala-born destroyer suffered a disappointing year.

The Indomitable Lions underperformed in both the Nations Cup and World Cup as French coach Paul Le Guen struggled with tactics – but Eto'o still managed four goals from seven games in Angola and South Africa, despite being seldom used as Cameroon's main striker.

Nonetheless, his club exploits ensured Eto'o made Fifa's shortlist for World Player of 2010.

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