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Samuel Eto’o scores handball goal against Galatasaray.

Samuel Eto’o scores handball goal against Galatasaray

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Samuel Eto’o is undoubtedly one of the greatest goalscorers of his generation, but the 35-year-old scored arguably the most controversial goal of his career for Antalyaspor against Galatasaray at the weekend.

The former Cameroon international was picked out at the back post by Jean Makoun and controlled the ball with his hand before heading into the net.

Galatasaray’s players appealed for the goal to be chalked off, but neither the referee or his assistants noticed the handball and it was allowed to stand. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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Antalyaspor went on to win the match 4-2, with Eto’o helping himself to another goal after the half-time break.

The former Barcelona and Chelsea star, despite his advancing years, has managed to score an impressive 18 goals in 26 appearances in the Turkish Super League this season.

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Video: Samuel Eto'o's 'Hand of God' goal

Eto'o visited Barcelona's training ground on Monday

After helping Antalyaspor secure a big win over Galatasaray, Eto’o visited Barcelona’s training ground on Monday to wish his former team good luck ahead of the final weeks of the 2015-16 campaign.

He managed to get a photograph alongside his old teammates Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, as well as Neymar.

Messi also scored with his hand...

Eto’o now has something else in common with Messi. As well as playing for Barcelona, both forwards have now scored goals with the use of their hands.

Messi famously reenacted Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal against Espanyol back in 2007.

Thierry Henry's handball

Thierry Henry also produced a famous handball, during a World Cup play-off between France and the Republic of Ireland in 2009, but was castigated on that occasion.

Speaking about the fallout from that incident last year, Henry found it strange why he was treated differently to Messi.

“You are talking about people I spent so many times on the pitch with," the former Barcelona star told Canal Plus, per Goal.

"I just said to them, ‘Yes, it was hand, I’m sorry.’ And you know what? They told me: ‘We don’t blame you.’

French forward Thierry Henry (L) control

“I saw Liam Brady, the Arsenal legend, and he asked me: ‘Did you touch it with your hand?’ And I answered, ‘Yes, it was my hand.’ I spoke to the press that night. I could have ignored them but I didn’t.

"I spoke honestly - it was a reflex. A reflex by a competitor, just like when you reach out for the ball on the line when your goalkeeper is beaten.

“When I see Messi scoring against Espanyol, diving to touch the ball with his hand, people say, ‘What a genius, now he is closer than ever to Maradona.’ But when it was me, it was like I had killed someone.”

Should Samuel Eto’o be retrospectively banned for scoring with his hand - or is it the referee’s fault for missing it? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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