Roger Milla

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Roger Milla is a former Cameroonian football player. Roger Milla was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. Likewise, this football player played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team.

Early Life

Roger Milla was born on 20th May 1952, in Yaounde, Cameroon. This makes him 70 years old as of 2022. His birth name is Albert Roger Miller. Likewise, Roger belongs to the Cameroon nationality.

His family moved to Douala when he was 11 years old. No details or data related to his family members are revealed yet.

But as per sources, his father was a Railman. However, there is no information about Roger’s educational background available in the media.

Net Worth

Talking about his net worth and earnings, Roger is a football player. Likewise, he has made a good amount of money from his football career.

Moreover, Milla has an estimated net worth of around $1 million as of 2022.

Awards

Roger Milla won the African Golden Ball award in 1976. At the age of 38, he gained international stardom, an age at which most forwards have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Also, Milla became the first oldest goal scorer in World Cup history.

Roger Milla award

Caption: Roger Milla posing with his award (Source: Instagram)

Career and Professional Life

Roger began his career at the famous academy of Dynamo Beervelde. At the age of 15, he made his debut for Eclair de Douala, in the Cameroonian second division.

After two years, he became the Cameroonian school high jump champion.

He joined the youth system of the Eclair club of Douala and made his debut on the first team in 1970. In the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals, his team was defeated by Gary Linekar and the English national team.

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Caption: Roger Milla and his friends, when they were young (Source: Instagram)

Likewise, Roger was lured to Europe by the French club Valenciennes in 1977.

In the year 1979, Milla joined AS Monaco scoring twice in 17 league games in one season. In 1980, he joined Bastia where he scored 35 goals in 113 league appearances for the 1st team.

After that, in 1984, he moved to Saint-Etienne scoring 31 times in 59 league games.

After retiring from French football, he went to become a member of the club’s coaching staff. At the age of 36, Roger celebrated his retirement from international football with a jubilee in Cameroon.

More about his Career

But, in 1990, an American football player received a phone call from the President of Cameroon Paul Biya.

And, he pleaded with him to come out of international retirement and rejoin the national team. He agreed and moved to Italy for the 1990 World Cup.

Similarly, he helped his team to become the 1st African team to reach the World Cup quarterfinals. After that, he went to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, being the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup.

Whereas, in 1994, Roger’s final international appearance came in a friendly against South Africa. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He appeared in a Coca-Cola advertisement as the originator of dancing whilst celebrating when scoring a goal.

Currently, he is an itinerant ambassador for African causes. He was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pele in conjunction with FIFA’s centenary celebrations.

Relationship Status

Roger Milla is a married man. He is currently married Astrid Stéphanie Ondobo in 2007. Likewise, talking about his previous marriage, he married Marie Evelyn Milla in 1984 and later separated in 2004.

Roger Milla wife

Caption: Roger Milla with his wife (Source: Instagram)

Roger Milla – Body Measurements

Roger Milla is tall and stands 5 feet 9 inches or 1.76 meters. While he weighs around 79 kg or 120 lbs. The football player has a pair of black eyes and black-colored hair. Moreover, he wears a shoe size of 8 UK.

Roger Milla – Social Media

Also, Roger is active on social media. His Facebook account has 26k followers. Likewise, his Twitter account @roger_milla_9 has more than 32k followers.

Whereas, he is active on Instagram named @roger_miller_9, and has more than 20k followers.