Materazzi insists there's been 'no' long running feud with the now AC Milan striker, though his comments with TNT suggest otherwise.
“It is not true that there was rivalry. I will thank him forever, because if he had not gone to Barcelona, Eto'o would not have come," he said.
"He helped me win the Champions League."
Materazzi also spoke of working with Treble winning coach Jose Mourinho.
“One of Mou's best skills was to make everyone feel included. Mourinho knows everything about everyone and always says the right things. He was brilliant at that. He was the manager who influenced me most in my own managerial career. I was lucky to have had him near the end of my career."