This is the record fourth time Eto'o, Cameroon captain and Inter Milan striker, winning this award. Earlier he bagged this honour in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Last year he finished at second where Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba bagged the trophy.
2010 was a remarkable year for Eto'o, who won UEFA Champions League, Italian Serie A and Italian Cup with Inter Milan. During the award ceremony, Eto'o denied that he is Africa's greatest ever player. He said there were many great players in previous generations.
"I don't think winning the award four times gives me the right to say I'm the best," Eto'o said.
"There were greats in previous generations who had different challenges and situations to me. You can't really compare the times. Now there are youngsters who are climbing the ladder of success behind me and who are coming up really fast. Who is to say who is the best?" Eto'o added.