Former Bar বারa teammate Eto’o says Lionel Messi’s legacy “impossible to overcome”

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Retrieved 28 April 2020, 17:36 IST

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Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o

“Lionel Messi has always shown signs of greatness from the day he moved between Barcelona B and the first team, and it will be impossible to surpass his legacy,” said Samuel Ito.

Itao, a former Cameroon striker who has been a teammate of Argentina’s Great Messi since 2004, was part of a deal to move Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Camp Nou in July 2009 to move to Inter.

Ito also took part in a devastating Barাa attack that included Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho and won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and a Copa del Rey at Camp Nou.

The 39-year-old Messi took a first look at the development of the world superstar, starting with his raw talent and said it was a matter of time before he became one of the best on the planet.

Speaking courtesy of La Liga, Ito said: “He will move between the B team and the first team, and he was very good.

“We already knew that Messi would one day be what he is. I am very happy because he has achieved this through his own hard work.”

Eto’o says the most interesting aspect of Messi’s success is the way he has been on the ground in a tumultuous career and has seen him win the Ballon d’Or six times and any player doubts that his success could be further enhanced.

He added, “He hasn’t changed at all. He’s still a good person that I knew then and I still know,” he added.

“He recently said‘ thank you Samuel ’, thanks for my advice – which I won’t reveal here – his career changed.

“Then he had to earn a few things but he always had that talent. I’m proud and happy to see the story he wrote and it’s not over yet.

“It is going to be very difficult, even impossible, to surpass his legacy.

“The most important thing to me is his character. Everyone admires him, caresses him as a player.

“But he’s a great man and I’m proud to still be among his friends.”