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Samuel Eto'o: 5-a-side Dream Team of Barcelona legend's teammates

10:10 PM SGT 10/3/22
Samuel Eto'o, Xavi - Barcelona
Who would make a dream 5-a-side team of players who featured alongside the ex-Cameroon star?

  • Samuel Eto'o  2019

    Eto'o turns 41

    To celebrate Samuel Eto'o's 41st birthday on Thursday, GOAL have had a go at picking through all of his very many teammates and putting together a dream 5-a-side team of those who played alongside the Barcelona great.

    Comment below and let us know whether you agree with our selection, or if there's anyone we've missed out.

  • Iker Casillas Spain

    Iker Casillas

    The first of three ex-Real Madrid players on this list, the current FC Porto keeper made over 500 league appearances for Los Merengues between 1999 and 2015, establishing himself as one of the game’s great keepers during that period.

    His 167 Spain caps represents an eye-watering tally—particularly considering some of the competition he had between the sticks during that period—and he was a key figure in La Roja’s World Cup and European Championship successes between 2008 and 2012.

    He and Eto’o played together briefly during the latter’s time at the Bernabeu.

  • Roberto Carlos

    Roberto Carlos

    An absolutely lethal presence down the left flank for Brazil and Real Madrid, where Carlos would terrify opponents with his fast and powerful running, and strong shooting.

    He amassed 125 caps for Brazil, and was a World Cup winner in 2002, one of two occasions in which he was named in the competition’s Team of the Tournament.

    As a member of Real’s Galacticos, he also enjoyed great success, winning four Spanish titles and three Champions Leagues.

  • Ronaldinho,Eto'o

    Ronaldinho

    One of the great players in the game’s history, Ronaldinho was a World Cup winner in 2002, and established himself as one of football’s biggest characters this century.

    He excelled at Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Barcelona—winning the Fifa World Player of the Year award as well as a series of major club honours, both domestically and in Europe.

    Ronaldinho would execute the kinds of manoeuvres that few other players could conceive of, and there aren’t too many in history who could match him for flamboyance or technical mastery.

  • Lionel Messi Barcelona 2019-20

    Lionel Messi

    Messi and Eto’o were Champions League winners together with Barcelona in 2006 and 2009, at which point Pep Guardiola had few qualms in letting the latter go in order to move the younger player into a central role.

    While the Cameroon legend won another continental treble at Internazionale, Messi would blossom into perhaps the greatest player the game has seen.

    He’s won seven Ballon d’Ors, 10 Spanish titles and four Champions League winner’s medals with Barca, and while he missed out in the 2014 World Cup final, he did clinch Olympic gold with Argentina in 2008.

  • Lionel Messi Samuel Eto'o Thierry Henry Barcelona

    Samuel Eto’o

    Surely, Eto’o would enjoy a reunion with Ronaldinho and Messi in a 5-a-side environment, and there could be no better player to finish off the chances created by the South American duo than the current Fecafoot President and birthday boy.