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Eto’o masters the art of the headbutt

21 Nov

Taking a page right out of Zinedine Zidane’s manual on how to be the biggest bonehead, Samuel Eto’o has sent Inter Milan’s season from bad to worse. In the process, however, he has one upped the Frenchman with one of the classiest headbutts you’ll ever see. The headbutt Zidane famously delivered to Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final was not exactly subtle. And standing over his victim with a grim reaper-like stare did not help his cause either.

Sammy watched that video over and over, which is why the shot he delivered to the sternum of Chievo’s Bostjan Cesar was a masterpiece.  For starters, the two tussled over the ball and it appeared that Cesar landed a left jab to the left shoulder of Eto’o, who dropped to the ground like a sack of bricks ten minutes after the feather-like contact (he’s ripping off Cristiano Ronaldo as well!!). When he got up, the striker casually jogged after his opponent to deliver the headbutt. You cannot deny the graceful application of head to chest as Eto’o, in one superfluous motion, struck his opponent and pirouetted ever so cleverly towards the ball. And just like batman, he evaded capture and any booking whatsoever. Utter perfection.

In all seriousness though, Inter is in big trouble. On a day where Rafael Benitez’s tenure at the club seemed to reach its breaking point after another dismal loss, sending the Nerazzurri tumbling into 6th and nine points behind their crosstown league leaders, the Cameroon international delivered an extra needless black eye. Luckily, Serie A has already shown that retroactive decisions can be made, and Eto’o will surely receive a lengthy ban. Seeing as how, he has scored eight of the team’s thirteen goals this season, this smells like trouble.

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