Samuel Eto’o maintains his position on the Ballon d’Or. For him, it would not surprise anyone if an African player (Mané or Salah) wins the France Football award. In an exclusive interview with AFP, he lamented the scorn and hatred of African journalists who prefer to vote for a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
« If Africans voted for Africans … »
Eto’o is referring to the Senegalese Sadio Mané and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who were absent from the podium of the Fifa The Best prize in September, despite their flamboyant season with the European Champion Liverpool.
The Best was the perfect moment
Asked to comment on his favorite among the finalists Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk, at the ceremony in Milan, Eto’o had quoted … the two African players before slipping away. A sequence looped on social networks.
« It was an opportunity for Africa to see them on the podium and why not win. They had a good season and it would not shock anyone they win, « said the former star of FC Barcelona.
« Africans do not like Africans »
« Why this hatred between us, Africans? Why this misplaced jealousy? If we do not like ourselves, others will not do it for us. It’s just a shame! If all Africans voted for Africans, we would have had several better players so far, « said Samuel Eto’o.