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Highs and lows 2011 - Samuel Eto'o

Welcome to part 2 of our mini-series on the players who starred in 2011 and those who will consider it to be a year to forget.

So, 2012 could start on a bright note for Kaka after a troubled year.

But one man who had pretty much the polar opposite of the Brazilian striker's 2011 was Samuel Eto'o.

After scoring 108 goals in 145 appearances for Barcelona and 33 goals in 67 appearances for Inter Milan, Russia came calling for the Cameroon striker in 2011.

Anzhi Makhachkala made Eto'o the world's highest paid player in August, agreeing to a three-year deal that will see him paid approximately £50m after tax.

Banned for 15 games

He hasn't disappointed his new fans in Russia, scoring at the rate of nearly a goal a game.

But he has disappointed the Cameroon Football Federation, who banned him for 15 games for his part in inciting his team-mates to refuse to play in a friendly against Algeria.

It's an interesting 'don't forget where you came from' message - and it came a year after Eto'o was banned for three games for headbutting an opponent.

Eto'o did not contest his lengthy international ban - and Total Football can only guess how officials at the club who pay his huge salary feel about him not being available for international games for the forseeable future.

Come back again soon for player number three on our 'hot or not in 2011' list.

By Mark Roach

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