Lionel Messi is a god: Samuel Eto`o

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:03

Makhachkala: Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto`o has labelled Lionel Messi a "god" and praised his grounded personality.

The pair spent five years together at Barcelona between 2004 and 2009 and having formed a firm friendship with the Argentine off the pitch, the Cameroon international is desperate to see him add international honours to his trophy cabinet.

"Messi is a god, as a person and even more as a player," he said in an interview.

"I hope that he wins the World Cup with Argentina. To the gods of the world, all I ask is that you give him that chance because I have seen him grow. I can only hope for the best because I have seen and know what a good boy he is."

The 31-year-old also spoke about the effect former Blaugrana team-mate Ronaldinho had on him during his time with the Catalan club.

"He is a genius, and not just in football. The day I was upset, I did not play well, but when you saw him arrive in the locker room with a smile on his face, you knew he was going to roll," he added.

Eto`o moved to Russian club Anzhi in 2011 after a two-year spell with Inter.

Goal.com



First Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:03

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