Samuel Eto'o has now won the African footballer of the year award four times [AFP]

Samuel Eto'o, the Cameroon forward, has won the African footballer of the year award - the continent's top individual prize - for the forth time in his illustrious career.

The presentation of the award on Friday at the Confederation of African Football's awards gala in the Egyptian capital Cairo ends a great year for Eto'o, even by his standards, following Inter Milan, his club side, claiming the Italian championship and Champions League.

Inter also took the Italian Cup and Club World Cup this year.

The striker also scored for Cameroon in the World Cup Finals in South Africa in the summer, but he said that the country's poor display in the finals was the biggest disappointment of his career.

Eto'o, Cameroon's captain, previously won the award in 2004, 2005 and 2006 - a record-equalling three successive times.

The 29-year-old has also been top scorer at Spanish giants Barcelona, where he won the Champions League for the first time in his career.

Didier Drogba, of the Cote d'Ivore and Chelsea, and Asamoah Gyan of Ghana came behind Eto'o for the award, which is voted on by coaches and captains of Africa's 53 national teams.

Source: Agencies