Albert Roger Miller professionally known as Roger Milla is a Cameroonian former professional football player who played as a forward. He started playing football from the youth academy of Dynamo Beervelde and Eclair de Douala. He made his debut for Eclair de Douala at the age of 15, in the Cameroonian second division. In his professional football career, he played for Leopard Douala, Tonnerre, Valenciennes, Monaco, Bastia, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier, Saint-Pierroise, Tonnerre, Pelita Jaya, and Putra Samarinda.
On the international level, He was one of the first African players to be major stars on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for Cameroon national team. He made his international debut in 1973. He has represented Cameroon at the 1982 World Cup, 1984 Summer Olympics, 1990 World Cup, and 1994 World Cup. He has won two Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon. In 2004, he was named by Pele in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. In 2007, the Confederation of African Football named him the best African player of the previous 50 years.
What is Roger Milla Famous For?
- Being a professional football player.
- Won 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74 Cameroon Premiere Division with Leopards Douala.
- Won the 1975 African Cup Winner’s Cup with Tonnerre Yaounde.
- Won the 1991 Cameroonian Cup with Tonnerre Yaounde.
- Won the 1979-80 Coupe de France with Monaco.
- Won the 1980-81 Coupe de France with Bastia.
- Won the 1986-87 Division 2 with Montpellier.
- Won the 1984, 1988 Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.
- Won 1976, 1990 African Footballer of the Year.
- Won the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations Best Player.
- Won the 1986, 1988 Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorer.
- Won the 2007 CAF Best African Player of the last 50 years.
Where is Roger Milla From?
Roger Milla was born on 20 May 1952. His birth name is Albert Roger Miller. His birthplace is Yaounde, Cameroon. He was born to his father, Germain Mooh, and his mother, Ruth Ngobo. He holds Cameroonian nationality. He belongs to the African ethnicity. His horoscope sign is Taurus.
Roger Milla Football Career Timeline
- He started playing football from the youth academy of Dynamo Beervelde and Eclair de Douala.
- He made his debut for Eclair de Douala at the age of 15, in the Cameroonian second division.
- In 1970, he joined Leopard Douala and played until 1974 where he made 116 appearances and scored 89 goals for the club. He also won the three Cameroon Premiere Division (1971-72, 1972-73, and 1973-74) with Leopards Douala.
- In 1974, he joined Tonnerre and played until 1977. He made 87 appearances and scored 69 goals for the club and also the 1975 African Cup Winner’s Cup with Tonnerre Yaounde.
- In 1977, he was lured to Europe by the French club Valenciennes where he scored 6 goals in 28 league games over 2 seasons.
- In 1979, he joined AS Monaco scoring twice in 17 league games in one season and also won the 1979-80 Coupe de France with Monaco.
- In 1980, he joined Bastia where he scored 35 goals in 113 league appearances for the first team. He won the 1980-81 Coupe de France with Bastia.
- In 1984, he moved to Saint-Etienne and played until 1986. He scored 31 times in 59 league games for the club.
- In 1986, he joined Montpellier where he made 95 appearances and scored 37 goals for the club. He also won the 1986-87 Division 2 with Montpellier.
- In 1989, he moved to Reunion in the Indian Ocean where he played for JS Saint-Pierroise.
- In 1990, he then returned to Tonnerre in Cameroon for four seasons where he made 116 appearances and scored 89 goals for the club.
- In 1994, he moved to Indonesia club Pelita Jaya where he made 23 appearances and scored 23 goals for the club.
- In 1995, he then moved to Putra Samarinda and played until 1996. He made 12 appearances and scored 18 goals for the club and got his retirement from playing football.
Roger Milla International Career
- He was one of the first African players to be major stars on the international stage and played in three World Cups for Cameroon national team.
- He made his international debut in 1973 versus Zaire in a World Cup qualifier.
- He was a member of Cameroon’s team at the 1982 World Cup where Cameroon went out with three draws from their three first-round games.
- He was part of the squad competing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
- He won the 1984, 1988 Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon and also won the 1986, 1988 Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorer.
- In 1988, at the age of 36, he celebrated his retirement from international football with a jubilee in Cameroon. However, in 1990, he received a phone call from the President of Cameroon Paul Biya, who pleaded with him to come out of international retirement and rejoin the national team. He then agreed to rejoin and joined the national team.
- He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most forwards have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup and thus becoming the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history. He helped Cameroon become the first African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
- In 1994, he returned to the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the age of 42 and became the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup until the 2014 tournament when Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon entered in a group stage match versus Japan being 43 years and 3 days old, setting a new record. Mondragon’s record in turn was beaten by Essam El Hadary in 2018.
- At the age of 42, he broke his own record as the oldest goalscorer in World Cup by scoring against Russia in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
- His final international appearance came in a friendly against South Africa in December 1994.
- His second goal celebration against Colombia was the subject of the 2010 World Cup Coca-Cola advertisement.
- He has capped 77 times for the national team, scoring 43 goals.
Roger Miller after Retirement
- In 2001, he went on to become a member of Montpellier’s coaching staff and worked until 2007.
- In 2004, he was named by Pele in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.
- In 2007, the Confederation of African Football named him the best African player of the previous 50 years.
- From 2007-2011, he was the Association football manager of Tonnerre.
- In 2011, he was Director of football of Tonnerre until 2012.
Roger Milla Wife and Children
Looking at his personal life Roger Milla is a married man. He got married to his beautiful girlfriend, Astrid Stephanie Ondobo on 20 July 2007 in a Roman Catholic ceremony. He lost his first wife, Evelyne, in January 2004 after a tragic road accident in Cameroon with who he married in 1984. He is having an intimate relationship with his wife and is living their life happily together.
Roger Milla Height
Roger Milla stands at a height of 1.76m i.e. 5 feet and 9 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 72kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color and color are black. His sexual orientation is straight.
Roger Milla Salary and Net Worth
Roger Milla is a retired professional footballer who has played for Leopard Douala, Tonnerre, Valenciennes, Monaco, Bastia, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier, Saint-Pierroise, Tonnerre, Pelita Jaya, and Putra Samarinda. He has earned from his professional career as a football player. As of 2021, his net worth and salary are not revealed yet. Any updates on his net worth and salary will be updated here soon.