Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o filmed in shocking attack outside World Cup 2022 venue

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon
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Cameroon FA president and former Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o has found himself at the centre of a media storm after being filmed attacking a man at World Cup 2022. (opens in new tab)

Footage posted on social media shows the ex-striker posing for a photo with fans outside Stadium 974 in Doha, where he had been watching Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea. 

The video, published by La Opinion (opens in new tab), shows a man approach with a camera and begin to talk to Eto’o.  

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Eto’o approaches the man aggressively but is held back by bystanders, but he manages to break free and kicks the man to the ground.

The man manages to get to his feet as the video comes to an end. 

La Opinion’s (opens in new tab) report says that the man who was attacked couldn’t be interviewed, while Eto’o was “out of his mind” when asked what had happened and was unable to explain before being led away.

Regarded as one of the greatest African footballers ever, Eto’o is a ‘legacy ambassador’ for the World Cup in Qatar. 

Eto’o won the Champions League four times as a player during spells with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter, as well as league titles in Spain and Italy.

He is Cameroon’s all-time top scorer with 56 goals in 118 caps and won the Africa Cup of Nations twice with his country, who were eliminated at World Cup 2022 in the group stage.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.