PREVIOUS Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has actually exposed Lionel Messi thanked him for a piece of career-changing suggestions in his early days at the Nou Camp.
The pair played together at the LaLiga giants for 6 years between the Argentine’s 2003 debut and Eto’o’s 2009 departure for Inter Milan.
And while many tipped the diminutive, fleet-footed young Messi for greatness from an early phase, Eto’o has exposed that his former team-mate felt indebted to his important suggestions.
The 40-year-old told DAZN:” [Messi] admitted to me that, thanks to my recommendations, which I am not going to reveal, his profession had actually changed.
” One day he said: ‘Thanks to Samuel, my career altered’.
” He needed to fix 2 or 3 things however he has constantly had the talent.
” I am happy and happy to see that he has actually written history which has yet to be completed, and it will be extremely hard to beat what he has written.”
It was an inadequately kept secret of the early-noughties at La Masia that they had quite the unique talent on their hands, with Eto’o admitting all of Frank Rijkaard’s first-team stars understood that Messi, now 33, would be unique.
Eto’o continued: “He was fluctuating from La Masia to the first string.
” We currently understood that one day Messi was going to be what he is.
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” I am happy because he has actually made it in the end, thanks to himself.
” He showed me that absolutely nothing has altered. He is still the good individual I met.”
The pair won 2 Champions Leagues as team-mates, with Eto’o man-of-the-match in their 2006 final accomplishment over Arsenal – and both getting on the scoresheet in the 2-0 triumph over Manchester United in Rome three years later.
Eto’o delighted in more success with Inter after leaving the Nou Camp, previously later representing Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea and Everton among others, prior to finally hanging up his boots in 2015.
Messi, meanwhile, is still going strong at Barcelona – having actually won an impressive ten LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and six Ballons d’Or.
Nevertheless, there is speculation Messi could lastly end his relationship with Barcelona – with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain targeting him ahead of a complimentary summertime move.
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