African football icon Samuel Eto’o on Friday announced his decision quit the beautiful leather game, football, on his 22 –year playing career.

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol, present club captain Lionel Messi, former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and a host of football stars have sent their best wishes to Samuel Eto’o after his retirement.

Eto’o took to social media on Friday to make a low-key announcement of his retirement from the playing scene following an illustrious 22-year career which started in 1997 at Real Madrid.

The 38-year-old played in Spain with Real Madrid, Leganes, Mallorca, Espanyol and Barcelona before travelling to Italy where he featured for Inter Milan and Sampdoria.

He also had stints in England with Chelsea and Everton. In Turkey he played for Anzhi Makhachkala, Antalyaspor and Konyaspor.

He ended his career at Qatar SC where he scored six goals in 17 outings in the Qatar Stars League last season.

During his playing career, Eto’o won several team and individual laurels including three Champions League titles, four African Footballer of the Year awards and three La Liga titles, among other awards.

While many players congratulated Eto’o for his success on the field, Messi, particularly, joked the Cameroon legend would reach the 40-year mark before hanging up his boots.