Samuel Eto’o throws shade at Thierry Henry claiming his former Barca team-mate was ‘not on my level’

Samuel Eto’o gives a withering assessment of his former Barcelona team-mate Thierry Henry in a new documentary, as he incredulously claims the Arsenal legend is ‘not at my level’.

  • Samuel Eto’o has stated that he and Thierry Henry were not on the same level
  • According to Eto’o, the French striker was also not as good as Nicolas Anelka
  • Henry is widely regarded as the greatest Premier League striker in history

Samuel Eto’o has sensationally claimed he performed at a different level to his former Barcelona team-mate Thierry Henry.

The former Cameroonian striker played two seasons with Henry at Barca but believes the Frenchman was not ‘at my level’.

He added that France and Arsenal record goalscorer Henry – widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time – is not even as good as compatriot Nicolas Anelka.

Eto’s attack on Henry came after a leaked video was posted Football logAnd none of the French strikers have responded to the 41-year-old’s outlandish claims.

He said: ‘I don’t think Thierry Henry was at Anelka’s level.

‘Titi was good, but I knew the players. I liked the other players more. He was not at my level anyway. It was not my luck or misfortune to play for France.

‘Those who played in France had 70 percent. Not because they are strong, but because France sells them well.

‘They were sold to us and brought to our level.’

Eto’o and Henry spent two seasons together under Pep Guardiola in one of the most successful Barcelona sides in history, winning the treble in 2008-09.

Furthermore, the pair combined for 11 goals in 57 games for the Catalan giants, although both played mostly second fiddle to the young and up-and-coming Lionel Messi.

Eto'o also claimed that Henry Nicolas was not as good as Anelka (L).

Eto’o also claimed that Henry Nicolas was not as good as Anelka (L).

The Cameroonian and Anelka spent time together at Barca’s Clasico rivals Real Madrid, but both failed to share a pitch for Los Blancos in competitive football early in their careers.

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Ahead of Henry’s arrival at the Catalan club, the now former Everton, Chelsea and Inter forward spoke of the Frenchman replacing him at Barca, insisting the two could play in the same side.

He said: ‘It’s not my problem. It’s one of Frank Rijkaard’s.

‘Some journalists wanted to create tension between Titi and me. I’m laughing. I always have ‘Titi’ on my phone. If Samuel Eto’o comes to Barca thinking of putting him on the bench, I say “no”. We will play together. We will be teammates.

‘I will not enter into any controversy. I would like Coach to sign ‘Titty’. He is my friend.’

Anelka (second right) and Henry (L) won the European Championship with France in 2000.

Anelka (second right) and Henry (L) won the European Championship with France in 2000.


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