Samuel Eto’o has deemed Cristiano Ronaldo as one of three football gods and named the next player who will become the fourth God.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Diego Maradona are the three gods of football in the eyes of Samuel Eto’o.
The former striker faced Ronaldo five times across his career and played alongside Messi for five seasons at Barcelona, winning four La Liga crowns and two Champions League titles.
Eto’o sadly never had the same privilege with Maradona, who passed away in November last year aged 60, but he witnessed the Argentine’s talents in his youth and was left suitably impressed.
“There have been very few gods in football,” Eto’o told Argentine newspaper La Nación.
“Argentina gave us two – one [Diego Maradona] is resting close to his father and the other [Lionel Messi] is still with us in this world.
“I was blessed to have played with Messi and enjoy his football. With Diego, I never had the chance to play with him officially. But I watched him a lot as a child on TV and it amazed me what he did with the ball.”
Eto’o continued: “Cristiano is another God. Together with Messi, they are the players who mark current football with the highest grades.”
Who will be the fourth God?
Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, is the man Eto’o believes will succeed Ronaldo and Messi as the next ‘God’ of football.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker is already regarded as one of the best players around at the age of 22 and, in the eyes of Eto’o, is ready to follow in the iconic duo’s footsteps.
“But another God is coming for when Messi and Cristiano get tired of giving us these joys,” he added.
“That new God will be Kylian Mbappe.”
Ronaldo, meanwhile, is preparing to face Belgium in a Euro 2020 last-16 match with Portugal. For full match details, check out the link here.