In 2011 Samuel Eto’o completed his move from Internazionale to moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala, making him the highest paid footballer in the world, as the Cameroonian earned 20 million euros a year (after tax). The Russian team had been taken over by millionaire investor and politician Suleyman Kerimov and had set about trying to topple the traditional Russian powerhouses of Zenit St. Petersberg and CSKA Moscow by investing in International stars such as Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea, Roberto Carlos from Corinthians and Chris Samba from Blackburn.
But it didn’t go very smoothly at all, because in August 2013, owner Kerimov slashed the club’s wage budget drastically, which meant all the foreign stars they has brought in had to go. Players like Samba, Willian and Eto’o all had to go. Eto’o joined Willian in moving to Stamford Bridge, while other players like Boussoufa, Samba and Diarra moved to other Russian League clubs. The reason for this sudden cut of funding was said to be due to ill health.
The first month or so of Samuel’s spell at Stamford Bridge was marred by Chelsea’s strikers not performing. Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres failed to make an impact in the first part of the season, with most goals coming from The Blues strong midfield. Eto’o so far has scored 6 goals in 12 games for Chelsea, but has come out and said he wants to finish his career at former club RCD Mallorca. “My son has pressured me to finish my career there, my son is from there.” But this move could see a player who just two years ago was the world’s highest paid, ply his trade in the Spanish Second Division. Mallorca were relegated at the end of last season’s La Liga and currently sit 7th in the Segunda but are only 5 points off the top. The tight nature of the Segunda means it is basically impossible to predict the final table, as only 15 points separate leaders Deportivo La Coruna and bottom placed Real Madrid Castilla. So could Samuel Eto’o be swapping away days in front of 75,000 at Old Trafford for 5,00o at Eibar? we’ll just have to wait and see.