Eto'o In Another Strange Pep Rant, Makes Messi Claim
Samuel Eto'o In Another Strange Pep Guardiola Rant, Makes Lionel Messi Claim
Apr 12, 2019 07:27 AM
|Tags: Lionel Messi Barcelona Samuel Eto'o Pep Guardiola Inter Milan|
Ten years after leaving Spanish giants FC Barcelona, African legend Samuel Eto’o has once again slammed manager Pep Guardiola, while he also made a claim about superstar Lionel Messi.
When Guardiola was appointed Catalan club boss in 2008, Eto’o was one of the players he felt the team could continue without, something that the Cameroonian legend still appears bitter about.
The striker ended up staying at the Blaugrana for one more season, before joining Italian giants Inter Milan in a swap deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2009.
Reminiscing on his time under Guardiola, Eto’o insisted that he was the heartbeat of the team, suggesting Messi of then was not the Messi of today.
"Pep had lived all his life in Barcelona but during the years I was there, he didn’t understand the squad," he told beIN Sports.
"He didn’t live the life of our group. I told Guardiola,'you will apologise to me because it’s me who will make Barca win, not Messi'.
"That was the situation at that time. Messi would later emerge, but you could ask Xavi, Iniesta and the others, that was my era.
"It was me who made Barca win and Pep would say sorry."
Eto’o scored 36 goals and created a further eight strikes in 52 matches in the 2008/09 campaign, in which they won a famous treble.
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