Samuel Eto‘o joins latest club but which mature former Premier League stars are still playing football

THERE have been loads of twists and turns because the January switch window slammed shut on Wednesday night, but one of many largest surprises was Samuel Eto’o’s transfer to Konyaspor.

The very fact the legendary striker – who gained the treble with Inter Milan and two Champions Leagues with Barcelona – left struggling Antalyaspor wasn’t the shock. That got here within the reality he’s still playing at 36.

 Samuel Eto'o played for some of the most glamorous and successful clubs in the world - and Chelsea

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Samuel Eto'o performed for a few of the most glamorous and profitable golf equipment on the earth – and Chelsea

Eto’o left the consciousness of most when he joined Sampdoria from Everton in January 2015 after simply six months at Goodison Park.

But after bagging forty four objectives in simply seventy seven outings for the Scorpions he has moved to Konyaspor, who are seventeenth within the Turkish Tremendous Lig, two factors and a spot worse off than his previous club.

Eto’o is just not the one veteran still turning out, although.

We requested our pals at Football Whispers to trawl the globe in the hunt for different gamers you’ll be stunned to study are still pulling on their boots.

 Everton also signed Samuel Etoo

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Everton additionally signed Samuel Etoo
 Samuel Eto landed so many big-money moves he drove some of the most expensive cars

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Samuel Eto landed so many huge-cash strikes he drove a few of the costliest automobiles

There was a time when the Ghanaian midfielder was one of many Premier League’s greatest.

Signed from Lyon for £24.4m in August 2005, Essien was a key cog in Jose Mourinho’s first Chelsea spell.

 Michael The Bison Essien was a brilliant competitor for Chelsea

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Michael The Bison Essien was an excellent competitor for Chelsea

Fast and powerful, a real field-to-field midfielder, Essien dominated because the Blues gained two Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, the League Cup and Champions League.

But accidents noticed his impression start to decrease and, in 2013, he joined Milan.

He did not rediscover his greatest type in Italy and went off the grid, considerably, by becoming a member of Greek aspect Panathinaikos.

You’d be forgiven for considering that was the top of Essien. However it wasn’t.

In March 2017 he rejected a suggestion from A-League aspect Melbourne Victory in favour of becoming a member of Indonesian aspect Persib Bandung the place, aged 35, he’s still going.

 Ex-Chelsea man Michael Essien now plays for Indonesian side Persib Bandung

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Ex-Chelsea man Michael Essien now performs for Indonesian aspect Persib Bandung
 Michael Essien is a massive star in the small Asian league

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Michael Essien is an enormous star within the small Asian league

The Bulgarian all the time made football look straightforward whereas, on the similar time, giving the impression it was a fantastic effort on his behalf to even hassle.

From the highs of Tottenham and Manchester United, profitable two titles and the League Cup at Previous Trafford, Berbatov has bounced across the globe since.

 Dimitar Berbatov has been a flop in the Indian Super League

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Dimitar Berbatov has been a flop within the Indian Tremendous League

Spells at Fulham, Monaco and PAOK have been temporary, and it he appeared retired after failing to signal for an additional club through the 2016/17 marketing campaign.

Nevertheless, in August final yr the maverick froward, 37, joined former United teammate Wes Brown at Kerala Blasters on a one-yr deal value roughly £900,000.

 Some clubs have given Dimitar Berbatov a thumbs down over his effort

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Some golf equipment have given Dimitar Berbatov a thumbs down over his effort
 Striker Dimitar Berbatov played in Germany, England, France and is now in India

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Striker Dimitar Berbatov performed in Germany, England, France and is now in India

One other participant who had an enormous half to play in Chelsea’s early success underneath Mourinho, Cole progressively discovered himself pushed out the aspect and made an ailing-fated transfer to Liverpool in 2010.

In two seasons at Anfield the former England winger made simply 20 Premier League appearances, solely 9 of which have been begins.

 Joe Cole is currently with the Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Joe Cole is presently with the Tampa Bay Rowdies
 Football-love Joe Cole had a spell down at struggling Coventry

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Football-love Joe Cole had a spell down at struggling Coventry

In an try and rekindle the magic he signed for first club West Ham, later shifting onto Aston Villa and League One aspect Coventry Metropolis.

Now 36, the three-time Premier League winner is still going throughout the pond within the USA.

Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies within the reformed North American Soccer League in Might 2016 and has been a daily since.

Eire’s all-time main goalscorer is a person who loves a transfer. A lot so, actually, he’s made thirteen in knowledgeable profession spanning virtually 21 years and greater than 600 appearances.

After 5 objective-laden seasons in Main League Soccer with LA Galaxy, Keane left the States in November 2016 and it appeared as if he would name it quits.

 Ireland legend Robbie Keane has scored goals all over the world

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Eire legend Robbie Keane has scored objectives everywhere in the world
 Robbie Keane moved to India to play for Teddy Sheringham but the ex-Man United man was sacked

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Robbie Keane moved to India to play for Teddy Sheringham but the ex-Man United man was sacked

Nevertheless, in August 2017 the 37-yr-previous ahead re-emerged in India with Atletico de Kolkata (ATK for brief), signing for his former Spurs teammate Teddy Sheringham who was the club’s coach.

Sheringham has been sacked but Keane stays within the sub-continent having scored twice in 4 outings for the 2016 Indian Tremendous League champions.

A participant with such promise when he broke via at Manchester Metropolis within the early 2000s, Wright-Phillips made a collection of strikes which didn’t work out and failed to succeed in the heights he ought to have.

Top-of-the-line gamers outdoors the highest 4 when he signed for Chelsea in 2005, the transfer was the beginning of the winger’s issues.

Metropolis have been taken over shortly after he returned and a 4-yr spell with Queens Park Rangers proved disastrous.

 Shaun Wright-Phillips had a tough time at QPR

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Shaun Wright-Phillips had a troublesome time at QPR
 Pheonix Rising is where SWP currently plays his football

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Pheonix Rising is the place SWP at present performs his football

So, in 2016, Wright-Phillips adopted his half-brother Bradley to the USA, signing for New York Pink Bulls.

Once more he struggled to rediscover something like his greatest type.

But, at 36, he’s still going with Phoenix Rising – the United Soccer League aspect owned by ex-Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba.

THERE have been loads of twists and turns because the January switch window slammed shut on Wednesday night, but one of many largest surprises was Samuel Eto’o’s transfer to Konyaspor.

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