A court in Madrid has ruled that a former FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea striker, Samuel Eto’o is the biological father of a 22-year-old woman.
The woman’s name is identified as Erika Do Rosario Nieves who was born in Madrid in 1999 during the period Samuel Eto’o was on loan at Espanyol.
How Samuel Eto’o met the mother of Erika Do Rosario Nieves
Between 1997 and 1998, Samuel Eto’o who was 24-year-old then was on loan at Leganés, a Spanish La Liga club based near Madrid, Spain’s capital city.
While on loan at Leganés, the Cameroonian football legend decided to go to a nightclub in Madrid where he met Adileusa, the mother of Erika Do Rosario Nieves.
They started dating briefly and the short relationship which started and ended in 1998 led to the pregnancy of Adileusa.
Reports claimed that Eto’o promised to act responsibly as far as the pregnancy was concerned. While other reports claimed that the Cameroonian football icon wanted to get rid of the baby.
When the retired footballer could not convince the woman to abort the baby, he allegedly cut all means of communication between him and the woman.
Adileusa tried different means to get in touch with Samuel Eto’o but was not able to do so. She only gets to see him on television and newspaper pages.
The court case against Eto’o
Adileusa gave birth to Erika in 1999 even without being able to contact the supposed father of the lady. Hence, she was the only one that took care of the lady to date.
In 2018, she decided to drag Samuel Eto’o to court even though the footballer had never admitted that he has a child with her.
Adileusa wanted the court to confirm that the 22-year-old woman is the daughter of the retired footballer.
In the court proceedings that lasted for almost four years (2018 to 2022), Samuel Eto’o who is currently the president of the Cameroon football association did not deem it fit to attend the court hearing and never mentioned it by any means.
After a series of back and forth, the court confirmed that the 22-year-old woman is the daughter of Eto’o. Hence, the court ordered the three times UEFA Champions League winner to pay his Spanish daughter the sum of €1,400 per month from the year (2018) that the lawsuit was filed.
At the time of publishing this report, Eto’o has not made any official or public reaction to the court ruling.
Samuel Eto’o’s official children
Apart from Erika Do Rosario Nieves who a Madrid court ruled to be the daughter of Samuel Eto’o, the four times Africa player of the year and three times Spanish La Liga winner has four biological children – Maelle, Étienne, Siena, and Lynn.
In 2007, the retired Cameroonian footballer married his childhood sweetheart Georgette, the mother of Siena and Lynn, who both live with her in Paris.
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