Roger Milla, a true FIFA World Cup Legend
Cameroon’s Roger Milla is a true FIFA World Cup legend and a pioneer of football on the African continent. We take a closer look at the numbers and statistics which defined his incredible career.
4 – The number of goals Milla scored at the 1990 World Cup, leading Cameroon to the
quarterfinals before they were beaten 3-2 after extra time by England.
1 – Milla’s 1990 Cameroon team was the first from Africa to reach the final eight of a World Cup
2 – Milla won two Africa Cup of Nations titles with Cameroon, as the Indomitable Lions triumphed
in 1984 in Ivory Coast and 1988 in Morocco.
1986 – Milla was also the top goal scorer, and Player of the Tournament, at the AFCON in 1986,
though Cameroon were beaten on penalties in the final by hosts Egypt.
42 years 39 days – The age at which Milla netted for Cameroon in a 6-1 loss to Russia on 28 June
1994, becoming the oldest goal scorer in World Cup history.
11 – The number of clubs Milla played for in his career. He played for teams in Cameroon, France
1976 & 1990 – The years in which Milla was voted the African Footballer of the Year.
29 – Milla’s club career spanned 29 years, beginning in 1967 at Eclair de Douala and running to
1996 with his final club, Putra Samarinda.
38 years 19 days – The age at which Milla netted for Cameroon in their 2-1 win over Romania on
14 June 1990, making him the oldest debut scorer in World Cup history.
77 – The number of caps Milla earned in his international career with Cameroon, according to
RSSSF. He also scored 43 goals for the Indomitable Lions.
2006 – The year in which Milla was honoured with the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur, the
highest French order of merit, both military and civil.
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