A former Cameroonian football striker, the all-time top goal-scorer for the Cameroonian national team before retiring on May 16, 2005
Henri Patrick Mboma Dem started his domestic football career in 1993. His career spanned the world over from playing for Châteauroux, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Metz, Gamba Osaka, Cagliari, Parma, Sunderland,Al Ittihad, Tokyo Verdy and Vissel Kobe, taking him from European cities to Asia, before retiring on May 16, 2005.
After first being capped to play for the National team in Cameroon in 1995, Mboma had an impressive career, scoring 33 goals in 57 matches.
After the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, Mboma also led Cameroon to the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics (match where Cameroon defeated Spain in a penalty shootout to win the gold medal), and to victories at the 2000 and 2002 African Nations Cups. He was named African Footballer of the Year for his efforts in 2000.
He marked his goal by showing off his special goal trademark goal-scoring celebration: a two-gun shooting spree with both his hands.
African Footballer of the Year: 2000
BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2000
African Nations Cup Top Scorer: 2002
J-League Top Scorer: 1997
J-League Best Eleven: 1997
African Nations Cup Champions: 2000, 2002