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Eto'o threatens to quit SWC

2010-05-29 15:48
Milan - Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o is so angry at criticism by former great Roger Milla that he is threatening to walk out on his teammates before the World Cup.

Milla, who thrilled world football with some dazzling goals and quirky celebrations in helping Cameroon reach the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals, claimed Eto'o "still hasn't brought anything to our national team" when meeting reporters Friday.

Eto'o is Cameroon's all-time leading scorer and has won the Champions League three times - twice with Barcelona and last week with Inter Milan - and is deeply upset by Milla's barb.

"Is it worth me going to the World Cup? I still have a few days left to think, but I will see if it's important for me to participate because I don't need this (criticism) in my career," Eto'o said on Canal Plus television late Friday. "It's always just before the (major) tournaments that the old geezers wake up. What's Milla done? He hasn't won the World Cup, they played in the quarterfinals."

Milla was 38 when he scored four goals in the 1990 World Cup, dancing around the corner flag after each one with a toothy grin in the days when designer goal celebrations were not predictable and commonplace like they are now.

Milla also scored in the 1994 World Cup - Cameroon's consolation goal after getting thrashed 6-1 by Russia - to become the tournament's oldest ever scorer.

Eto'o said he respects Milla's quality as a player, but that he was helped by having better players around him in 1990.

"They had one of the best teams with great players in every department. It's not because they became famous at 40, that they can start talking," Eto'o said. "You end up asking yourself: are these my people? Are these really my people?"

Milla's 28 goals in 102 games is way below Eto'o's 44 in 94 games for Cameroon, and Eto'o is also the African Cup of Nations all-time leading scorer.

Milla's modest club career took him to Monaco, Bastia, Saint-Etienne and Montpellier where he scored regularly but did not have anything remotely like the success Eto'o has enjoyed.

In a prolific spell with Barcelona, Eto'o scored 108 league goals in 145 games and won the Spanish league title and was also La Liga's top scorer.

Eto'o scored far less goals than he used to for Inter this season, but showed versatility by adapting his game to play in a more defensive, wide role out on the right under coach Jose Mourinho.

Inter also won the league title and the Italian Cup, with Eto'o outstanding in the Champions League.

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