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Chelsea striker reaches 300 club goals, but which are his best?

Samuel Eto'o's well-taken opener for Chelsea against Spurs on Saturday was his 300th club goal and in perfect time, too, for his 33rd birthday today.

Samuel Eto'o turned 33 today. It seems fitting that his birthday should fall just days after appearing to laugh off Jose Mourinho's jibes about his age by imitating an old man as his celebration, having scored the opener against Tottenham on Saturday evening.

His goal, and indeed overall output since joining this summer, has been vital in Chelsea's title charge, which is starting to look ominous after they surged seven points clear at the Premier League summit, leaving Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City currently in their wake.

And Eto'o led the way once more with a goal to break down Spurs' resistance before winning a penalty from which Eden Hazard converted to double the Blues' advantage.

It would prove unassailable and the opener was a personal landmark for the Cameroonian, as he notched his 300th club career goal. Here are five of his finest strikes from that collection.

1) Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United (Champions League final - 27 May 2009)

Eto'o gave his side the perfect platform from which to exercise their style of play by scoring the opener in the 2009 final in Rome.

Lionel Messi earned the plaudits by bagging a brilliant headed second and gazumping rival Cristiano Ronaldo but Eto'o's opening strike was exquisite as he checked back inside Nemanja Vidic before sending a toe-poked effort in beyond Edwin Van Der Sar in the United goal.

2) Chelsea 0-1 Inter Milan (Champions League Second Round, second leg - 16 Mar 2010)

Eto'o, unbeknownst to everyone at this time, would dump his future team-mates out of Europe by helping Inter secure a late smash-and-grab away goal to consign Chelsea to an early exit in the round of 16.

It would not bother the Blues, who went on to win the Premier League and FA Cup under Carlo Ancelotti but Eto'o's goal was one befitting of eventual European champions as Wesley Sneijder's raking pass cut the defence open and the striker showed a presence of mind to steer home past Ross Turnbull with the outside of his foot.

3) Inter Milan 4-1 Bologna (Serie A - 15 Jan 2011)

Not renowned for his free-kick-taking ability, but Eto'o showed he is nothing if not versatile with a set piece straight out the top drawer against Bologna.

The likes of Dejan Stankovic may have been more highly fancied in a position such as his, around 30 yards from goal but he simply lifted the ball over the wall and under the crossbar with dip, swerve and panache.

4) Inter Milan 2-0 Parma (Serie A 13 Sept 2009)

A goal that displayed the power in the hitman's shooting, as he arrowed a shot high into the top corner past a stunned Parma defence with devastating accuracy.

As the ball got worked out to the left flank, Eto'o picked the ball up from Mario Balotelli and cut onto his right foot with a sharp touch before sweeping the ball into the far side of the goal first time.

5) Chievo 2-1 Inter Milan (21 Nov 2010)

Collecting the ball in the far side, the Cameroonian threatened to come inside before committing two defenders down the wing instead. 

It proved costly from their perspective as he stepped inside two challenges before feigning to shoot, side-stepping once more, and then crashing low into the bottom corner to give his side hope late on, which ultimately yielded nothing.

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