Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o spoke to beIN Sport in an interview about his relationship with Pep Guardiola. The Cameroonian also stressed that he was responsible for Barcelona’s success instead of Lionel Messi which the world sees it as.
“There’s no doubt that Pep Guardiola has spent almost his whole life in Barcelona at the time. But frankly speaking, he did not understand the club during the years I was there. He did not live like he was part of our team, he was different”
Within the time of their working together as player-coach, there were talks about their bad relationship. Guardiola saw Lionel Messi as the key player for the team but Eto’o disagreed. “I told Guardiola that he will apologize to me because I will be the person to make Barca win, not Messi. Leo only appeared later, if you doubt you can ask Iniesta, Xavi or any other of our teammates then. It was my time, I made Barca victorious. Pep should seek
On the request of the Pep, the African player left Barcelona despite scoring 36 goals in a season and scoring in the Champions League final against Manchester United. “My agent told me Barca had put me up for sale and I was surprised. He told me it was at the request of Guardiola. Till date, it is obvious that the move was the best that could have happened. Going to Inter to win the Seria A and the Champions League the following year made me be part of history in football and also one of the best buys Inter have made in their history.”