Years ago Russian football was an average and not very popular even among the die-hard football fans. What about Makhachkala?! It was too long ago when the city was one of the capitals of the Chechen rebels. Now the domestic soccer team is the new home of the most expensive football player of all time- Samuel Eto`o. The African player made his name mostly as a player of Barcelona and Inter. On 23rd of August 2011th Anzhi Makhachkala reached an agreement with Samuel Eto`o for three year contract, making him the most valuable player in the world with net pay of 20 million Euros per year.
In a period when the football game becomes more attractive and enjoyable, Samuel made for some people surprising move, changing the fashion capital Milan with a Russian countryside club. Anzhi looks like a step backwards for Samuel Eto`o looking at his previous experience in the richest and most popular football clubs in Europe. There is no doubt that the owner of Anzhi wants to make his team more popular, adding the African star to his squad. It`s not a coincidence that former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos is among the administrative staff of the Russian team. There is only one goal- European appearance and even… a European cup.
Eto`o has won everything during his highly recognizable career as a football player. Now he can add some experience in a brand new place. Near his career end Eto`o could win more fans and… cash in Russia.