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Roger Milla (born Albert Roger Mooh Miller, May 20, 1952) is a Cameroonianmarker former football forward. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team. He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most footballers have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup, helping the Cameroon team reach the quarter-finals. He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by the legendary Brazilian football player Pelé.

Club career

Born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundémarker, he moved constantly as a child because of his father's railroad job. He signed for his first club in Doualamarker as a 13-year-old. At 18, he won his first league championship with another Douala club.

In 1976, by which time he had moved to Tonnerre Yaoundé and was awarded the African Footballer of the Year award.

In 1977, he was lured to Europe by the Frenchmarker club Valenciennes. However, he was kept on the reserves for two years. In 1979, he joined AS Monaco, but shuttled between the reserves' bench and the injury list. The next year, he joined Bastia, but still did not flourish. He finally found stardom at Saint-Etienne in 1984; he then starred for Montpellier from 1986 to 1989, and became a member of the club's coaching staff after retiring from French football.

Career statistics



National team

While playing in France, he made his first appearance for the Cameroon national team(in 1978). He was a member of Cameroon's team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, having a goal disallowed against Peru in their first match. Cameroon went out with three draws from their three first-round games. Two years later, he was part of the squad competing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Californiamarker.He first retired from international football in 1987, and eventually moved to Réunionmarker in the Indian Oceanmarker for his retirement.

However, in 1990, he received a phone call from the President of Cameroon Paul Biya, who pleaded with him to come out of retirement and rejoin the national team. He agreed, and went to Italymarker with the Indomitable Lions for the 1990 World Cup.

1990 World Cup

38-year old Milla emerged as one of the tournament's major stars. He scored four goals in Italy, celebrating each one with a dance around the corner post that has become a popular goal celebrationever since. Two of his goals came against Romaniain Cameroon's second game, and two more came in extra time against Colombiain the last 16 to carry Cameroon to the quarter-finals – the furthest an African team has ever advanced at the World Cup (Senegalmatched this feat in 2002). In the quarter-final match against England, Milla confirmed his super-sub legend, entering in the second half with Cameroon trailing 1-0 and setting up a brilliant goal and drawing a penalty shot to give Cameroon the lead before eventually losing.

1994 World Cup

Milla returned to the 1994 FIFA World Cupat the age of 42, being the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup. Cameroon were knocked out in the group stages; however, Milla scored a goal against Russia, setting a record as the oldest goalscorerin a World Cup tournament.

Post-playing career

He is now an itinerant ambassador for African causes. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé in conjunction with FIFAmarker's centenary celebrations.

Best African Player of the century

In 2006, Milla was chosen for best African player of the last century, ending up ahead of El Khatib and Hassan. The election was held by the CAF, the African football association.

References



1968-69 Eclair de Douala
1969-70
1970-71 Léopard de Douala 29 25
1971-72 30 20
1972-73 28 19
1973-74 30 25
1974-75 Tonnerre Yaoundé 29 23
1975-76 28 26
1976-77 30 20

1977-78 Valenciennes Division 1 0 0
1978-79 27 6
1979-80 Monaco Division 1 16 2
1980-81 Bastia Division 1 30 9
1981-82 23 8
1982-83 29 13
1983-84 31 5
1984-85 Saint-Étienne Division 2 31 22
1985-86 28 9
1986-87 Montpellier Division 2 33 18
1987-88 Division 1 33 12
1988-89 29 7

1989 Saint-Pierroise
1990

1990-91 Tonnerre Yaoundé
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94

1994-95 Pelita Jaya Liga Indonesia 23 23
1995-96
1996-97 Putra Samarinda Liga Indonesia
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