Samuel Eto’o: ‘I’m the one who helped Barcelona win, not Messi’

Former striker Samuel Eto’o revealed memorable milestones in Spain, including the moment when he persuaded coach Pep Guardiola to stay at the Camp Nou.

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Samuel Eto’o became a Barcelona player between 2004 and 2009. The Cameroonian striker arrived with the Catalan giant for € 25 million from Mallorca. He left the club to play for Inter Milan as part of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer.

In every shirt, Samuel Eto’o always shows two clear qualities: being one of the best strikers in the world for many years and a heat generator both on and off the pitch. He played fiercely, was Mourinho’s disgruntled striker, and always made noticeable statements.

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Eto'o used to wear both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Eto’o used to wear both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Samuel Eto’o repeatedly scored for Barcelona but when Pep Guardiola took office, the Cameroonian striker was still in liquidation. Recalling that moment, Eto’o said: “I told Pep he would have to apologize if he wanted to sell me because I was the one who helped Barcelona win, not Messi.”

In addition to the above statements, Eto’o was once ‘broke’ when speaking in the press: “I would rather go home to sell peanuts than playing for Chelsea”. But he later went to Chelsea at the invitation of Mourinho.

Samuel Eto’o became one of the most successful strikers in La Liga

Before moving to Barca to play and become one of the most successful strikers in La Liga history, Samuel Eto’o once played for Mallorca and had 70 goals. Share on Marca, the Cameroon striker revealed the moment described as a “life lesson”, helping him change when he was a 19-year-old boy.

“It was a match between Real Mallorca and Zaragoza. I was substituted when the second half started just a few minutes. I was very angry, kicked a bottle of water and lashed out at coach Luis Aragones. He immediately came forward, grabbed my shirt and said: ‘Next time don’t do it to me, understand?’. It was a life lesson for me when I was young, “Eto’o recalled.

Eto has been a teammate of Messi for 5 years, from 2004 to 2009.
Eto has been a teammate of Messi for 5 years, from 2004 to 2009.

The success in Mallorca helped Eto’o be noticed by Barcelona. In 2004, he moved to the Nou Camp for 24 million euros.

During the club’s opening ceremony, the striker once said: “Even if they pay me 1 billion euros, I will not return to Real Madrid because simply, I do not feel happy here. I do not promise to score 50 goals per season, but I promise to run and play hard. “

Even in his first season with Barcelona, the player scored 29 goals in 45 matches and the Catalonia team won the La Liga championship in 2004/05.

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In the next three seasons, “The Black Panther” had 65 more goals and won 4 titles with Barca, the peak of which was the Champions League in 2005/06. However, when Pep Guardiola took office, the Cameroonian striker was still liquidated.

Recalling that moment, Eto’o said: “I told Pep he would have to apologize if he wanted to sell me because I was the one who helped Barcelona to win, not Messi. I was the one who could bring the battle back. won, and he should ask for my forgiveness for his actions. “

Samuel Eto’o’s confidence convinced Guardiola to keep him at the Camp Nou. That season, Eto’o scored 36 goals and was a member of Barca’s six-man lineup.

After that season, Eto’o left Barca. He moved to Inter Milan, winning another Champions League 2009/10 season before traveling to many teams like Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton or Sampdoria.

After the 2018/19 season, Samuel Eto’o retired in the Qatar SC shirt, closing his glorious career with 371 goals and 18 titles.

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