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Former Barcelona striker Eto'o fires hot shots at Guardiola

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 11/04/2019

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has fired a hot shot at Pep Guardiola, the Cameroonian never enjoyed his career under the manager during their stint at the Camp Nou.

Guardiola often prefers Lionel Messi to Eto’o in the attack, though the former African best made it clear that he was the main player in the attack, not Messi as at that point in time.

"I said to Guardiola [that] you'll have to apologise to me because it's me that will make Barcelona win, not Messi," Eto'o told BeIN Sports.

"It was the situation back then. Messi would come later, but you can ask Xavi [Hernandez], [Andres] Iniesta and the others - that was my era.

"Pep had lived his whole life at Barcelona, but in the years I spent in Barcelona, he didn't understand the squad. He didn't like the life of our group."

"It was me that made Barcelona win," he noted.

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"And Pep would ask me for forgiveness."

The issues between Eto'o and Guardiola never truly vanished and, despite scoring 30 goals in LaLiga Santander and the opener in the 2-0 Champions League final victory over Manchester United in 2009, the Catalan decided to sell the Cameroonian.

"My lawyer at the time told me that the club had put me up for sale on the transfer market," said Eto'o.

"I said, 'really?' He said, 'yes, at Guardiola's request.'"

That summer, Eto'o moved to Inter as he went on to secure the treble under Jose Mourinho in his first season in Milan.

"It's clear today, that move, and the opportunity that Pep gave me, has gone down in history because it permitted me to be an even bigger part of football history by going to Inter," added Eto'o.

"He allowed Inter to strike the best deal in football history."

Eto'o, 38, now plays for Qatar Sports Club and he states that Guardiola did, in fact, ask for forgiveness from his striker.
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