On the same day FC Barcelona progressed to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the expense of a prolific AC Milan side, a former Barcelona and Inter Milan player announced his protracted legal battle with the Spanish giants would come to rest.
Former Barcelona forward and Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o (31) announced Tuesday he would no longer seek legal recompense from his former club over his 2009 transfer to Inter Milan, according to an FC Barcelona statement.
“FC Barcelona would like to publicly thank Samuel Eto’o, one of the great players of our era, for his willingness to resolve this dispute,” the club said in a statement.
Eto’o, who scored 108 goals in 145 official appearances for the Catalans, announced he was no longer pursuing the protracted legal suit against FC Barcelona, worth approximately €3 million.
The Anzhi Makhachkala striker claimed his transfer fees in the swap deal for Zlatan Ibrahimović and Maxwell, valued at approximately €50 million, were not met and that the club owed him an undisclosed amount of interest.
According to the Guardian, Eto’o was playing by Spanish Players Union (AFE) rules, which stated a player could claim 15 percent of any transfer fee.
FC Barcelona countered by saying the regulation only stood if negotiations took place between two Spanish clubs.
Eto’o, who is one of the highest paid players in European football today, was a marquee signing for the burgeoning Russian side, which aims to establish itself as a European powerhouse within the next three seasons following a massive summer transfer budget nearing the €300 million mark.
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