By Ben Efe
It is surely a history makersâ€™ night as Inter Milan and Bayern Munich clash tonight in the final of the European Championshipsâ€™ League at Real Madridâ€™s home ground in Spain.
One hundred thousand fans inside the Bernabeu and millions others watching on the tube can only expect to see fire works as both clubs and their players are itching to carve their names in the record books. Wesley Sneijder, Estaban Cambiasso of Inter and Arjen Robben of Bayern are playing in their first final and are hungry, but one player that has seen it all and wants some more is Cameroon striker, Samuel Etoâ€™o.
Etoâ€™o is looking to win his third champions league tittle. He first accomplished the task with Barcelona in 2007 and 2009. A win with Inter, will see Etoâ€™o becoming the second player, after Clarence Seedorf, in recent times to win the Champions League tittle three times with two different clubs. Seedorf won with three clubs, Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Certainly the stakes are high in Madrid, a city where players from both sides at one time or the other played at the Bernabeu. These players are hopefully expecting a thrilling final with their present clubs who are also itching to make historyÂ by completing a treble title victory, having won their respective domestic leagues and Federation Cups.
For Etoâ€™o, winning the third time will make him the most decorated African player on the Championsâ€™ League turf and he is banking on his previous stint in Madrid to give him luck.
â€œI grew up in that stadium. I took my first steps as a professional player there. I hope it will bring InterÂ luck.â€
Etoâ€™o played three 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League games with Madrid, yet had moved on by the time they took the trophy at the end of that campaign.
â€œI didnâ€™t get a medal as I was out on loan at RCD Mallorca. I was a young lad and still learning,â€ Eto said.
Ghanaâ€™s Sulley Muntari is also gunning to landing the title to join in the list of Black Stars players who have won the title, Abedi Pele won with Olympic Marseille in 1993 and Osei Sammy Kuffour won with Bayern Munich in 2000.
Kenyaâ€™s Mariga will also play hard to make Inter win. That will make him the first Kenyan player to win a European title.
The only Nigerian born player in the reckoning for the title is David Alaba who plays for Bayern Munich. 17-year-old Alaba who was born of a Nigerian father and a Filipino mother played in the round of 16 against Fiorentina.