Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has told the BBC he wants to continue his international career long enough to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Eto’o plays his club football in Russia following a multi-million dollar move from Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala.
“It would be a dream to play a part in this tournament,” Eto’o said, even though he will be 37 years old by then.
“If I am unable to help my country win then my dream would be to see another African nation win it.”
The 2010 African footballer of the year was unable to help the Indomitable Lions qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations but says he has settled into life with his Russian club.
“I’m very comfortable and happy in my life. I’m trying to help my teammates improve, I’m scoring goals – I couldn’t ask God for more,” he said.
And he revealed that he still has ambitions to achieve success on the European stage with Anzhi, despite widespread doubts about the quality of his new side.
“My dream would be to win the Russian championship with Aznhi and to return to the European Champions League.”
He insisted that the quality of football in Russia was improving all the time.
“There are some really good players in Russia, they have some beautiful stadiums and there are players in this league who we will certainly soon calling stars.
There are also some great managers – [Russia has] everything it needs to become just like the English, Italian or even the Spanish league.”
Eto’o is a candidate for this year’s African footballer of the year award as well and scored on Friday night as Cameroon beat Sudan 3-1 in an international friendly.