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Samuel Eto'o claims former Barcelona teammate Thierry Henry was 'not on my level'

Rory O'Callaghan

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Samuel Eto'o claims former Barcelona teammate Thierry Henry was 'not on my level'

Samuel Eto'o has claimed that Arsenal icon and former Barcelona teammate Thierry Henry was "not on my level" as a player.

Henry is widely-viewed as one of the greatest players in Premier League history.

The France international scored 228 goals in 376 games for Arsenal, winning two Premier League titles and the FA Cup twice with the Gunners.

He would eventually leave Arsenal to join Barcelona in 2007, where he linked up with Eto'o.

At the time, the Cameroon international was one of the biggest stars at the Nou Camp.

Together they won a historic treble under Pep Guardiola's guidance in the 2008-09 season, with Eto'o later leaving Barcelona for Inter Milan that summer.

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Eto'o has now sensationally claimed that he was a better player than Henry and insists the French striker was not as impressive as his international teammate Nicholas Anelka.

"I think he was not at the level of Nicolas Anelka. Thierry Henry was good, but I knew players... I preferred other players," said Eto'o, as reported by French publication Foot Mercato.

"In any case, he was not at my level. The luck or the bad luck that I had me, was not to play for France.

Henry and Eto'o played together at Barcelona (Image: Alamy)
Henry and Eto'o played together at Barcelona (Image: Alamy)

"Those who played in France had plus 70 per cent. 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..."

Fans of Henry have reacted angrily to Eto'o's comments on social media.

"I want what Eto's smoking," joked one supporter on Twitter.

Another added: "I love Eto but he's definitely wrong here."

While a third wrote: "The major difference is that even today Henry is adored and Eto'o nobody gives a damn."

Who was the better player between Henry and Eto'o? Let us know your thoughts.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Barcelona, Football, Thierry Henry, Samuel Etoo

Rory O'Callaghan
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