Samuel Eto'o hits back at Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o, has come out in defence of his former Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez in the war between the Spaniard midfielder and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo had dismissed Xavi’s decision to play in Qatar and had ridiculed him for not winning the Ballon d’Or while he had won it three times. Ronaldo was responding to the comments from Xavi that Lionel Messi was quite clearly much better than the Portuguese superstar.

Eto’o felt that the Real Madrid’s star reaction was unnecessary and that one’s success cannot be recognised by individual awards, adding that Xavi should have won the Ballon d’Or five or six times.

"A player can't say because they have four or five [Ballons d'Or], they're the best," he told Spanish radio station Cadena SER."If the Ballon d'Or was fair, Xavi would have won five or six. He deserves all the respect in the world.

"Xavi did not say what he said [about Messi being the best] out of a lack of respect. Xavi is Xavi."Xavi had rubbed Ronaldo off the wrong way when he had said that Ronaldo was an ‘elite player’ but he was unlucky to be born in the era of Lionel Messi.

However, Ronaldo’s reply was rather less polite:"I'm the most searched player on the internet. Anyone who wants free publicity or media attention talks about me."I couldn't care less about what Xavi says about me, he plays in Qatar or I don't even know where."He's won every collective trophy, including a World Cup and the European Championship, but he's never won a Ballon d'Or."
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