Sunday May 29 2011
Eto'o: 'Football is joy'

Samuel Eto'o thanked “both sets of fans for a splendid night. Inter and Palermo showed that football is joy. I'm staying here.”

The striker bagged a clinical brace in the 3-1 Coppa Italia Final victory at the Stadio Olimpico, which was a sea of pink with a reported 50,000 travelling Sicilian fans.

“Football is joy and I want to thank both sets of fans for a splendid night,” the Cameroon striker told RAI.

In a nice touch, Eto'o and Diego Milito reassured Ezequiel Munoz after the game and waved to the opposition supporters in the crowd.

“The Palermo fans came such a long way to get to this point and it seemed only right that we salute them at the final whistle too, as that is football.”

The Rosanero players were distraught, particularly Fabrizio Miccoli, as this was his final appearance for the club, while departing Coach Delio Rossi also shed tears.

There have been reports that Eto'o is considering a move away from Inter this summer, but he put an end to those claims.

“President Massimo Moratti spoke and so did I. The fact is I am staying here. There's nothing else to say.”

There were two Cups handed over, as the Coppa Italia is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy this year.