Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o recently spoke of his stormy relationship with former Barça coach Pep Guardiola in an exclusive interview with beIN Sports.
Eto’o, 38, who plays today in Qatar has not been very appreciative of Guardiola who sold it to Inter Milan in 2009.
“Pep lived all his life in Barcelona, but during the years that I spent there, he did not understand the team.He did not live the life of our group.
At the time, the rumor suggested that Guardiola preferred Lionel Messi over the striker, and Samuel Eto’o told the coach he was the key man in attack for the team.
“I told Guardiola, you will apologize because I will win Barcelona and not Messi. This was the situation at the time. Messi came in the background. You can ask Xavi, Iniesta and others, it was my time. It was I who made Barça win. “
Samuel Eto’o revealed that he was shocked when he discovered that Guardiola wanted to sell him, despite his incredible performance the previous season and his victory against Manchester United in the Champions League.
“My lawyer at the time told me that the club had put me on sale in the transfer market. I said really? He said yes, at the request of Guardiola “.
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Despite the frustration, the striker admits that his departure from Barcelona has boosted his career and this allowed Inter Milan to “conclude the best deal in the history of football.”