"Messi is the greatest ever" – Samuel Eto'o

Former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o is in no doubt that his old team mate Lionel Messi is the greatest player to have ever graced a football field.

Messi is the greatest ever – Eto'o

Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all-time, according to his former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto'o. Messi was named in the FIFPro World XI on Monday, but missed out on being in the top three for FIFA's The Best Men's Player award.

Samuel Eto'o at last night's The Best FIFA Football Awards in London.

Modric, Cristiano and Salah on the podium

Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric claimed the main prize, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. Regardless, Eto'o – who played alongside Messi at Barça from 2004-09 – said the Argentina star was the greatest of all-time.

"Leo, for us, will always be the best player in the world ever," he said. "The human beings have to choose and they chose those three players, who have done well this year too. But for people like me and others, it doesn't change the fact that Leo is the best player in the world ever."


Messi's honours

Messi has won nine LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns among numerous other trophies at Barcelona, while he is a five-time winner of the Ballon d'Or.