Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has criticised coach Frank Rijkaard for saying he did not want to play for the club and team-mate Ronaldinho for sugggesting he should be more of a team player.
Eto’o’s comments come after Rijkaard claimed the Cameroon striker did not want come on as a substitute during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Racing Santander on Sunday.
“He did not want to come on, I don’t know why. He did not tell me, he told Eusebio,” said Rijkaard after the game.
“Am I annoyed? It is a shame because every minute he plays can be very important.”
Rijkaard’s remarks dismayed Eto’o, who has just returned from a lengthy injury lay off.
“To go into the press room and say that I didn’t want to play is dishonest,” Eto’o said.
Eto’o then turned his attention to Ronaldinho for suggesting after Sunday’s match that he should think more about the team.
“There are two groups at Barcelona, one of the president and the other linked to another person.
“If a team-mate says that you must think of the team, it’s up to him to think of the team. Personally I always think first about the group and then money. That is what hurt me most,” he said.