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Eto'o Sets Record Straight After Messi Question

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o seemed to want to set the record straight with a reporter who recently asked him a question regarding Lionel Messi.

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The Cameroon icon represented the Catalan club between 2004 and 2009, during which he spent a lot of time being a senior to Messi, who was only a teenager when he broke into the first-team squad in 2005.

While many players, past and present, would be proud to boast that they played alongside Messi, Eto'o seems to believe it should be the other way around.

In a recent interview, a journalist asked the 40-year-old "you mention Messi, what can he [Ansu Fati] learn from Messi? You obviously played with him", to which he responded with an answer the reporter might not have been expecting.

"No. He played with me, it's different," Eto'o said, according to ESPN FC.

"Messi played with me. I didn't play with Messi.

"In my time, Messi played with me. It's totally different. It's totally different."

Despite his response to the question, Eto'o has never been shy to praise the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, who won his first international trophy with Argentina earlier this month in the form of the 2021 Copa America.

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