Renowned Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto'o has become entangled in serious legal issues surrounding allegations of non-payment of alimony. The footballer, recognized worldwide for his illustrious career, is accused of withholding more than five years of alimony payments to his daughter, Erika do Rosario Nieves.
"Eto'o owes more than five years of pension to his daughter and continues to defy justice. Erika's economy is fragile, while Eto'o lives in luxury," said a source close to the situation. The claim includes an allegation that Eto'o's behaviour could be viewed as an abuse of power, taking into consideration the vast economic disparity between himself and Erika.
Eto'o's debt totals 90,000 euros in alimony payments, incurred since Erika was officially recognized as his daughter in February 2022. This accusation is not the first time Eto'o has faced legal scrutiny. The legendary footballer was previously sentenced to one year and ten months in prison for a tax violation, and also fined for not providing alimony to another daughter.
A Patchwork Family History
Samuel Eto'o has a diverse family structure. He and his wife Georgette have been together since 2007 and share two children. However, the footballer also has four other children from previous relationships.
One of these children is Erika do Rosario Nieves, whose paternity case has placed Eto'o in the limelight once more. After the footballer persistently refused to undergo DNA testing, Erika still managed to confirm his paternity.
She was consequently granted an alimony of 1,400 euros per month, a stipend that allegedly has never been paid. Erika was born in 1999, following a fleeting romance between Eto'o and her mother. Her mother has stated that when Eto'o discovered she was pregnant, he accused her of attempting to enrich herself at his expense and threatened to terminate the pregnancy.
These recent developments shed a shadow over the celebrated career of Samuel Eto'o, offering a stark contrast to his public image as a successful and respected footballer. As the legal process unfolds, fans and critics alike will closely watch to see how Eto'o handles these serious allegations.