Former Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o has never been accused of lacking in confidence, but perhaps he should be a bit more cautious with his latest venture, because being assertive and outspoken about things don't tend to work when it comes to an ancient Egyptian pharaoh's curse - especially when sums as eye-watering as £18.5million are involved.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, that really did say ancient Egyptian pharaoh's curse. Namely, and probably most famous of all the embalmed pyramid-dwelling legends, the one and only, Tutankhamun.
The Daily Mail are running with a report from Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport, which claims that locals living in the vicinity of Villa Altachiara warned the Sampdoria striker that he must be wary before purchasing the property because of the curse hanging over the property near Genoa.
Eto'o joined the Serie A club in January six fitful months at Everton, where he moved to in the summer after being realised by Jose Mourinho following a disappointing year with Chelsea.
The mansion was once owned by a posh bloke named Lord Carnavon, who made a a name for himself in the 1920 by being one of the companions of famed archaeologist Howard Carter when the tomb of Tutankhamun was uncovered/ransacked.
58 people were present at the opening of the ancient burial place and the curse of the mummy was born due to eight of them were dead within the next twelve years. Lord Carnavon then died from blood poisoning after cutting a mosquito bite while shaving – the curse had struck!.
Then his nephew was killed after falling down the stairs at the 40-room property, while in 2001 a former Gucci model named Countess Francesca Vacca Agusta disappeared in mysterious circumstances. All the curse.
At 33 years old and over a decade playing for some of the best club teams in Europe, Samuel is not short of a few dollars and there’s not much surprise in him splashing out on a posh pad, but £18.5million is a ridiculous number.
It feels like a lot for just a regular house, never mind one with a curse topping off the residents in the name of King Tut. At least the Cameroon legend has an excuse if things don’t go well on the pitch.
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