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'I Want To Be Better Than My Father'

After scoring twice for Cameroon's U20 team at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations on Saturday, Etienne Eto'o, son of FC Barcelona legend Samuel, insisted he wants to outdo his father.

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The 18-year-old struck twice in his country's 4-1 win over Mozambique on the weekend, including an impressive free-kick just eight minutes into the match.

Eto'o, who plays for Real Oviedo in Spain, helped the young Lions finish top of their group at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations with their latest win, after which he discussed the pressures of being the son of a famous footballer, whom he strives to be better than.

"There is always pressure in life whether or not you are the son of a famous person. But for me, I just try to enjoy my career and demonstrate to people that I can do it," he said, according to Goal.

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"My dad has played a huge influence in my life because I have always admired him and want to learn from him and continue in his steps. Always I want to be someone like him.

"I want to try and be better than him and I am always looking forward to stepping on the pitch and giving my best. Even though I know it is difficult to be better than my father, I want to work hard to achieve like him. He is always there to support me and give me advice.

"I think sometimes it is natural that your father influences what you want to be in future. It is just the same like, for example, when your father is a policeman, you might be interested in becoming a policeman too. My father has played a huge role in my life and influenced me to take football as a career.

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"For me, it doesn't feel strange and it is nothing special really. I just have to enjoy who my dad is but also keep working hard for myself."

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