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Africa News of Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

African players who played with Lionel Messi at Barcelona [List]

Lionel Messi with Barcelona's most prolific African player Samuel Eto'o Lionel Messi with Barcelona's most prolific African player Samuel Eto'o

Lionel Messi is, as of today, a player of French giants Paris Saint-Germain, his first club outside of Spain where he had played for over two decades with Barcelona FC.

Barca announced last week that due to reasons beyond their control they were unable to keep the Argentine forward who was captain of the team.

In his 21 years with the club, Messi played with a number of African players with one of the most prominent of them, Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o showering praise on his former team mate.

These prominent African players played with Messi

1. Samuel Eto'o, the biggest African at Barca - with 199 appearances, 130 goals, 8 trophies - played with Messi.

2. Seydou Keita (Mali) – 188 appearances between 2008 and 2012

3. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) – 118 appearances between 2007 and 2010

4. Alex Song (Cameroon) – 65 appearances between 2012 and 2014

5. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) – 4 appearances in 2019



Other players who played with Messi include

1. Anssumane Fati (Guinea-Bissau) – 43 appearances since 2019

2. Moussa Wague (Senegal) – 3 appearances in 2019 ​

3. Wilfried Kaptoum (Cameroon) – 3 appearances between 2014 and 2018

4. Jean Marie Dongou (Cameroon) – 3 appearances between 2011 and 2016

5. Edgar Ie (Guinea Bissau) – 1 appearance between 2012 and 2015