After serving three months during a coronavirus-enforced outbreak, Quique Setien’s side lost the spark – passing the Liga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid. Also being humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Eto’s considers Leo Messi to be like his son

Samuel Eto’o is delighted to see Lionel Messi, a man he considers to be “like my son,” staying at Barcelona. But he admits that the Camp Nou giants will need a lot more than the mercurial Argentine to be competitive again. The 2019-20 campaign fell into chaos for the Blaugrana at the backdrop of the summer restart. After serving three months during a coronavirus-enforced outbreak, Quique Setien’s side lost the spark – passing the Liga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid. Also being humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Messi’s patience was put to the test before these setbacks. So the six-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned world football after the season drew to a close, expressing his desire to take on a new challenge.

Leo can’t continue to carry Barcelona alone

The 33-year-old quickly saw the exit doors locked in Catalonia. Prompting him to reveal that he would spend at least another year in his current environment. It’s relieved to see a player who once played alongside the commitment to the only clubbing side he has represented throughout a remarkable career to date. The legendary former frontman, however, realizes that Messi cannot continue to carry Barca himself. “Messi is like my son. He stayed, and that’s why I’m happy,” Eto’o told journalists. “But the heart of this team needs more Barcelona-style players. It’s about that there are others on Barça’s books that can inspire. With the Cameroon icon declaring his desire “to see the great Sergio Busquets again at his best level again.”

“When he is, Barcelona always win titles”. While calling for more from the Blaugrana, now under new boss Ronald Koeman, Eto’o believes that 2020-21 could see the Catalan giants regain domestic dominance in Spain. He added: “Barcelona will be the next league champion. But I want Mallorca, the team of my heart, to return to the top echelon”. Barcelona will host their first outing under Koeman on Saturday. A friendly date with Gimnastic before opening their LaLiga campaign against Villarreal on September 27.