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

Samuel Eto’o gives a scathing assessment of his former Barcelona team-mate Thierry Henry in new documentary as he incredibly claims the Arsenal legend ‘wasn’t at my level’… and even suggests Nikola Anelka was a better player

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  • The French striker was also not as good as Nicolas Anelka, according to Eto’o
  • Henry is widely regarded as the best Premier League striker in history

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

The former Cameroon striker played alongside Henry for two seasons at Barca but believes the Frenchman was not at “my level”.

He also claimed France and Arsenal’s record goalscorer Henry – widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time – was not even as good as compatriot Nicolas Anelka.

Eto’o’s attack on Henry came after the publication of a leaked video of him Football expertand no French striker has responded to the 41-year-old’s outlandish claims.

He said: “I think Thierry Henry was not at Anelka’s level.

“Titi was good, but I knew players. I preferred other players. In any case, it was not at my level. The luck or the bad luck that I had, was not to play for France.

“Those who played in France had plus 70%. It’s not because they were strong, but because France sells them better.

“They sold them to us and brought them up 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 a treble in 2008-09.

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

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

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

The Cameroonian and Anelka also spent time together at Barca’s Clasico rivals Real Madrid, although with both nearing the start of their careers, they were unable to share a pitch together for Los Blancos in competitive football.

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Ahead of Henry’s arrival at the Catalan club, the now former Everton, Chelsea and Inter Milan striker played down talk that the Frenchman could replace him at Barca, insisting the two could play in the same team.

He said: “That’s not my problem. It’s Frank Rijkaard’s.

“Some journalists wanted to create tension between ‘Titi’ and me. I’m laughing. I have “Titi” on the phone all the time. If he comes to Barca, thinking he will put Samuel Eto’o on the bench, I say no. We will play together. We’ll be teammates.

“I don’t get into any controversy. I would like the coach to sign ‘Titi’. He is my friend.’

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

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



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