Eto’o introduced his retirement from soccer in September, bringing the curtain down on a massively profitable profession that noticed him win four league titles, five home cup competitions, three Champions Leagues and two Africa Cups of Nations.
His first European triumph got here at Barcelona in 2005/06, earlier than Eto’o received the trophy for a second time on the Camp Nou beneath Guardiola three years later.
He then scooped the prize for a 3rd time whereas enjoying for Mourinho’s Inter in 2009/10, the season wherein additionally they received the Serie A title and Coppa Italia.
Eto’o, who additionally labored with the Portuguese at Chelsea, has defined how he responded to Mourinho’s powerful love, earlier than hailing Guardiola the supervisor however criticising his actions away from the pitch.
“He left me on the bench for a month and made me warm up in injury time,” the previous striker stated, discussing Mourinho’s man-management abilities on the Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance and Science in Qatar.
“In his head, he was pricking me to make me his personal. I talked to him in his workplace. It was what he needed from me, to get well my greatest degree. And I did. We received every part. We had a group of 11 warriors, we received in another way.
“[As for Guardiola] I like him as a coach, however not as an individual. I discovered to play soccer with him. I interpreted him higher than anybody.”
Eto’o singled out former Spain and Atletico Madrid boss Aragones as one of the best coach he ever labored with, having spent two seasons beneath his tutelage at Real Mallorca.
“The best coach I had? Each one is special. It is not easy to choose one, but if I have to choose one, it’s Luis,” he stated.
“While I used to be a participant at Mallorca, I had a chat in his workplace that modified my life. He stated that I had performed every part at Mallorca and informed me to go one other membership to see what my actual degree was. At that second I assumed: “But what is that this previous man saying?’
“Luis had quite a lot of character, however I knew tips on how to play with that character… He was like a father. It can be a terrific honour be a coach like him.”