Samuel Eto’o, one of the most decorated players in world football, has officially joined the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) as a Global Ambassador for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. He joins the Supreme Committee as the second Global Ambassador after Spanish FIFA World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez.
Upon joining, the four-time African Player of Year Eto’o said: “It’s a great honour for me to be an ambassador for the SC and hope I am able to deliver what is expected of me. The World Cup is the biggest competition in football – there is nothing bigger – and I think that for the players who have had the chance to play in the World Cup there is nothing more beautiful.
“Football goes much farther than politics and it’s important that football travels the world because it’s everywhere – it’s an incredible social force. It has an impact on our lives even if some do not like football – we are always paying attention to football and I am happy that Qatar is and will be the face of it for a month during the World Cup, and Qatar will also be the face of the Middle East.”
Eto’o will assist and support the committee in the delivery and implementation of a number of its initiatives to deliver an outstanding FIFA World Cup and ensure the legacy of the competition is long-lasting and far-reaching.
The legendary striker, who in 1998 appeared at his first FIFA World Cup at the age of just 17 years and three months, has also made an impact away from the professional game. In 2017 he was named the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund Goodwill Ambassador for Cameroon.
Eto’o has won 15 major honours during his glittering career to-date – a haul that includes three UEFA Champions League victories, four league titles across spells in Italy and Spain, and one FIFA Club World Cup. Former Cameroon international Eto’o has also earned 118 international caps – including appearances at four FIFA World Cups between 1998 and 2014.
In August 2018 he joined QNB Stars League side Qatar Sports Club and made a new home for himself in the host country of the next FIFA World Cup – and during a special signing ceremony with SC Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi, officially became part of the journey on the road to 2022.
On his passion for using the power of football to affect positive social change, Eto’o added: “It always humbles me to know that I can bring a smile to someone’s face with small acts of kindness like lending an ear. What may seem benign to us, can mean the world to others.
“I told myself I have to share my experience with some, and above all, the grassroots in Cameroon in particular and in Africa in general. I can establish football schools which will allow some young people to overcome some obstacles which they might face in Europe.
“This is why I embarked on this beautiful project that excites me every day and I’m happy because I have some players who now play with some of Europe’s biggest clubs. It gives pride for me as the face of the foundation but all those backing me have also played a big role in giving the youth this opportunity.”