Samuel Eto’o picked his best teammate aside from Lionel Messi, keep in mind he played with Deco, Iniesta, Xavi Ronaldinho and none of them made the grade.
It’s almost a given that when a player has been in the same team as Messi or Ronaldo they were their best teammate. So Eto’o picked one apart from Messi.
You would think that Ronaldinho a 2005 Ballon d’Or winner would be up there, but he wasn’t. Xavi, Deco or Iniesta one of those magicians must be it.
The Cameroon international and perhaps the best product of African football picked Ivory Coast international, former Barcelona and Manchester City man Yaya Toure.
Speaking to Goal, Eto’o insists there was simply nobody like Toure.
“Messi, Iniesta, Deco, Ronaldinho, Yaya Toure. It’s difficult to pick one. Apart from Messi? …Yaya Toure.”
“Yaya also stood tall when the list was narrowed down to the finest to have come from Africa.”
“He [Yaya] is an incredible central midfielder one of the very best that the world has seen.”
“I was lucky enough to play with him.”
But the four-time African Player of the Year had another teammate that impressed too and deserved at least an honorable mention.
“Also, Okocha from Nigeria. He is a fantastic footballer, what an enigma!”