Watch Samuel Eto'o's son Etienne, 18, score wonder free-kick on Cameroon U20 debut before breaking down in tears

ETIENNE ETO'O proved that class runs in the family with an immaculate free-kick for Cameroon Under-20s.

As the son of Barcelona legend Samuel Eto'o, the 18-year-old has a lot to live up to but is already showing his skill.

On the weekend, Etienne made his debut for his country's youth team and had an instant impact.

After only seven minutes of the game against Mozambique U20s, he struck a fantastic free-kick that beat the goalkeeper from 25 yards.

In celebration, the young Eto'o broke down in tears while being mobbed by team-mates.

At the end of the first-half, he swept home a penalty to double his tally in the eventual 4-1 win.

Having sat on the bench for Cameroon's opening two games of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations, the teenager got his chance in the final group match as the team made it three wins from three.

Eto'o was born in Palma in 2002, during his dad's four-year stint at Spanish club Mallorca, and is signed to Real Oviedo.

Samuel, 39, left the Balearic Islanders for Barcelona in 2004 and won three LaLiga titles and a pair of Champions Leagues with the Camp Nou giants while racking up 118 Cameroon caps.

Another Champions League arrived at Inter Milan and he enjoyed stints at Chelsea and Everton before retiring in 2019 with Qatar SC.


I want to try and be better than my dad and I am always looking forward to stepping on the pitch and giving my best.

Etienne's free-kick stunner was likened to a similarly fantastic set-piece goal from his dad for the Lions back in 2006.

The Eto'os are certainly an extensive footballing family with Samuel's brothers David and Etienne also playing professionally.

And the young forward spoke of it being 'natural' for him to want to follow in their footsteps – and he is aiming to BEAT his dad's prestigious record.

He told the Caf website: "I think sometimes it is natural that your father influences what you want to be in future.

"My father has played a huge role in my life and influenced me to take football as a career.

"For me, it doesn’t feel strange and it is nothing special really. I just have to enjoy who my dad is but also keep working hard for myself.

"There is always pressure in life whether or not you are the son of a famous person. But for me, I just try to enjoy my career and demonstrate to people that I can do it.

"My dad has played a huge influence in my life because I have always admired him and want to learn from him and continue in his steps. Always I want to be someone like him.

"I want to try and be better than him and I am always looking forward to stepping on the pitch and giving my best.

"Even though I know it is difficult to be better than my father, I want to work hard to achieve like him. He is always there to support me and give me advice."

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