Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o was a constant thorn in Madrid’s side whilst he was playing for Barcelona.
The Cameroonian international has a huge amount of history with both sides, and is adamant that his success is arguably Real Madrid’s biggest loss this side of the millennium.
The renowned striker joined the Real Madrid youth academy as a youngster in 1997, and was subsequently loaned out to fellow Spanish clubs, one being RCD Mallorca.
After a successful La Liga loan spell at Mallorca, Real Madrid decided against keeping him and he was later transferred to the Islanders for a reported €5m.
Samuel Eto’o’s disappointment and anger at being sold off by Real Madrid was transferred on the field, where he started to score for fun and impressed Catalan giants Barcelona into buying him for €24m four years later.
At Barcelona, Eto’o had an enormous amount of success, scoring 129 goals in 201 appearances in all competitions as well as winning La Liga three times, the Copa Del Rey twice and the Champions League twice.
Once he moved to Inter Milan, his success never stopped as he won an unprecedented treble in his debut Serie A season under current boss Jose Mourinho, including yet another Champions League trophy.
The current Chelsea star was previewing Sunday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona forbeIN Sports France. Barcelona and Inter Milan’s gain has certainly been Real Madrid’s loss, and Samuel Eto’o admitted as much to beIN Sports, saying:
“My dream is a nightmare for Real Madrid.”
His career success and vintage displays have been felt in Madrid, with Iker Casillas admitting before El Clasico that Samuel Eto’o was more of a danger to his side than Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
Despite now being 33-years-old, Eto’o still remains a top striker and has scored eight Premier League goals for Chelsea this season.