Eto’o believes he was pushed aside to make way for Messi

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 01: Samuel Eto'o arrives prior to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 01: Samuel Eto'o arrives prior to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The former Cameroon international thinks he was not well treated by Pep Guardiola in his last season for Barcelona.

Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has played for the biggest teams in the world of football. He started his career with Real Madrid from 1997 to 2000.

He also played five seasons at Barcelona from 2004 to 2009.

He can proudly say he played for Inter Milan and Chelsea too.

And he was a football-traveler, playing for Leganes, Espanyol, Mallorca, Anzhi Makhachkala, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, Konyaspor, and Qatar SC.

In this last season with the Blaugrana, he scored 36 goals in 52 games, winning the Spanish La Liga and the UEFA Champions League with Pep Guardiola at the helm.

But the Cameroon international believes he was pushed aside to make way for a young star: Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

“Pep has lived his whole life in Barcelona, but in the years I spent in Barça, he didn’t understand the team,” Eto’o told beIN Sports as quoted by Four Four Two.

“He didn’t live the life of our team.”

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He added: “I said to Guardiola, ‘You’ll apologize to me because it’s me that will make Barça win, not Messi’.”

“It was a situation back then.”

“Messi would come later but you can ask Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and all the others – that was my era,” Eto’o said.

“It was me that made Barça win, and Guardiola would ask me for forgiveness.”

Eto’o is currently playing in the Qatar Stars League, where he has said he wishes to remain at least one more year.

He retired from international football in 2014, but with 38 years of age, the striker doesn’t seem to want to stop.