Cameroon football icon Samuel Eto’o will take part in a friendly match alongside former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.
Eto’o has announced he will organize a charity match to raise funds for his foundation and Slums Dunk.
The four-time African Player of the Year will be joined by his former Barcelona superstar Messi and other football legends.
Wesley Sneijder, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Paulo Inzaghi, Andriy Shevchenko and Lilian Thuram, among the other football greats, will also attend the game.
The friendly game is scheduled to take place at the San Siro in Milan on May 23.
According to a report by La Repubblica, as quoted by FootballItalia, the match will be a fundraiser for the Cameroonian’s foundations.
“I don’t want to talk about football, but about what this sport can do to foster inclusion and integration. It is an extraordinary tool because it overcomes obstacles and speaks all languages.
“I have played in many countries and Spain and Italy have welcomed me warmly. The message is that we can all live together, respecting each other even if there are clubs which think they are more important than others and which tend to reaffirm certain hierarchies,” Eto’o told La Repubblica.
Big-hearted Eto’o is well noted for organizing charity games to help the needy. Last year, the 41-year-old donated ten ambulances worth 530, 000 million euros to the Cameroon health services to help in the coronavirus fight.
Four years ago, the FECAFOOT President donated almost 1 million euros to help build a children’s hospital in Douala.
Eto’o retired from football in 2019 following spells in Spain, Italy, England, Turkey and Qatar.
He won the UEFA Champions League twice with Barcelona and Inter Milan and the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions.