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Eto'o Reveals His Message To Messi

Iconic African striker Samuel Eto'o has revealed to Soccer Laduma what he told a young Lionel Messi after the Argentine broke into Barcelona's first team to join forces with him and Ronaldinho.

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Years before Messi formed part of the dangerous trio dubbed "MSN", in which Luis Suarez and Neymar featured, he was one-third of another incredible attacking three along with Eto'o and Ronaldinho, who, at the time, was arguably the best player in the world.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma in a recent interview, Eto'o shared with us that he made a point of sitting down with Messi over lunch to tell him about the importance of having a balanced life outside of football.

To see the full interview with Eto'o, grab the latest edition of the Soccer Laduma!

"When I saw him the first time, I told him that he only needed to do one thing – have a good life outside of the pitch," the Cameroon legend said.

"'If you have a good life outside the pitch, after 20 years, I am going to speak with you… it all depends on you.'

"I am very happy because he listened to me because Messi is a very professional player.

"I talked to him like a big brother, I told him that if you want to be a big player, you have to be serious."

Eto'o and Messi spent five years playing together for Barca, winning a total of six trophies, including two UEFA Champions League titles.

Click through the gallery below to see where Eto'o reportedly ranks among the richest African footballers of all time: 

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