“I think he was not at Anelka’s level”: when Samuel Eto’o pays himself Thierry Henry

“I think he was not at Anelka’s level”: when Samuel Eto’o pays himself Thierry Henry

The words are frank and direct. If the sequence is not long, an extract of less than a minute, Samuel Eto’o’s remarks were particularly well chosen and highlighted on Saturday. In a documentary dedicated to the rapper Dinos, which will be released on November 2, the President of the Cameroon Football Federationasked about Thierry Henrybelieves that his former teammate at FC Barcelona was not of the caliber of Nicolas Anelka, whom he took under his wing at Real Madrid.

“I think he (Henry) was not at Anelka’s level. Titi was good, but I preferred other players. In any case, he was not at my level, ”assures the ex-Cameroonian international, therefore placing himself above the top scorer in the history of the Blues.

But Thierry Henry is not the only one to take for his rank. Former Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf is also targeted by Eto’o: “I’m not talking about Diouf because he’s not even in that category. »

Eto’o-Anelka, a long-standing friendship

If the objectivity of the Cameroonian can be partly called into question, it is in particular because Nicolas Anelka was his protege when he arrived in 1999 at Real Madrid. A period that the French told RMC Sport last February: “It’s very difficult in the locker room. The first day, I don’t even have a designated seat… I wait for all the players to arrive. They all tell me: This is where I belong. testified Anelka in the program “Rothen ignites”.

The first day I arrive, Samuel Eto’o comes to see me and tells me to watch out for the elders because they went to see the president to ask him why he took Anelka when there is Fernando Morientes. When someone tells me that, I know it’s going to be very complicated. The sequel proved that it was hell, ”he continued. It is now a priori certain that the former Cameroonian striker expects more from the reunion between former Real than from Barça.