Mane lose the Ballon d’Or to Messi because Africans didn’t voter for him
Samuel Eto’o has slammed on the issue of Africans lacking on the world football award
The ex-Cameroon international insists that Liverpool’s forwarder Mane deserved to win Ballon d’Or had it been other African voters supported him in the award
Mane finished fourth in the just concluded Ballon d’Or award behind Cristiano Ronaldo who finished third, as the award was won by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
“If Sadio Mane won it and was and was on the podium, no one was going to complain because he deserves it and has been doing well and he had the best season,” Eto said as per IOL.
“Messi won because all the South Americans voted for him. I think the Europeans also voted for Virgil Van Dijk hence he was the runner-up.”
The former Cameroon captain blasts African voters for snubbing Man, meanwhile the only African that have won the award was the ex-Liberia captain George Weah.
“Africans didn’t vote for Mane. That’s the big problem. African people have problems with other African people.
“We, as Africans, are letting ourselves down. We need to unite if we are serious about ending the dominance of Europeans and the South Americans in the race to be crowned the best players in the world.”
Meanwhile the CAF African Footballer of the year will be announced in January 2020 and the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and also Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all running for the award.
“We have a lot of big players in Africa now. Mohamed Salah is doing well,” Eto’o added.
“Sadio is also on top of his game. Then you have Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez and Idriss Onana. It is very difficult for me to choose one. The guy that will win is going to be the best.”