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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘not at my level’ claims ex-Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o who says Nicolas Anelka was better


Samuel Eto’o appears to have cast serious shade over Thierry Henry, claiming the Arsenal great is ‘not on my level’.

The Cameroonian legend has made a sensational claim about his former Barcelona teammate – going so far as to say Henry’s former teammate Nicolas Anelka was a better player.

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Eto’o won four Champions League titles, four domestic crowns, five domestic cups and two Africa Cup of Nations victories during a celebrated career.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘not at my level’ claims ex-Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o who says Nicolas Anelka was better

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Henry won’t be too impressed with his former teammates’ comments

Arsenal hero Henry is widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest, player to ever grace the Premier League.

But it seems that’s not the opinion of Eto’o, who spent two years playing alongside the striker at Camp Nou.

Speaking as part of a documentary about French-Cameroonian rapper Dinos, Eto’o was asked about ‘Titi’ – France’s all-time top scorer – and didn’t hesitate.

“I think Thierry Henry was not at Anelka’s level,” he said in the translated interview. that was shared online.

“Titi was good, but I knew players. I preferred the other players. In any case, he was not at my level.

Eto’o was also asked about former Liverpool and Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf and dismissed him outright in the same conversation.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘not at my level’ claims ex-Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o who says Nicolas Anelka was better

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Eto’o claimed Henry was ‘not on my level’ and Anelka was better


“I’m not talking about [El Hadji] Diouf because he’s not even in the same category,” he added.

“How can you put Diouf next to Thierry Henry?

Eto’o, who is now the president of the Cameroon federation, then appeared to explain how pundits and fans would have rated him higher during his career if he was French, suggesting that French players were overhyped or “oversold”. “.

“The luck or the bad luck that I had was not to play for France,” he continued in the images of the documentary.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘not at my level’ claims ex-Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o who says Nicolas Anelka was better

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Four European league titles, three domestic cups, a Champions League, the World Cup and is considered one of the best players in the Premier League

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

“They sold them to us and raised them to our level.”

Eto’o and Henry were Barcelona players in one of the Catalan club’s most successful spells under Pep Guardiola, where they won the treble together in the 2008/09 season.

Although there seems to be tension between the two now, that wasn’t always the case with Eto’o once describing Henry as his “friend”.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘not at my level’ claims ex-Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o who says Nicolas Anelka was better

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Eto’o once said that he and Henry were friends, but that didn’t stop him from having a strong opinion about his former Barcelona teammate.

Ahead of the Frenchman’s transfer to Barcelona in 2007, Eto’o was optimistic as he answered questions from the press that Henry would come for his place in Barca’s first team – insisting that they can “play together”.

“Some journalists wanted to create tension between ‘Titi’ and me, I’m kidding,” said the leader.

“I have ‘Titi’ on the phone all the time. If he comes to Barca thinking he will bench Samuel Eto’o, I say ‘no’. We will play together. We will be teammates.

“I am not entering into any controversy. I would like the coach to sign ‘Titi’. He is my friend.”

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