The former Cameroon captain has opined on Africans missing out on the world football award.
Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o insists Sadio Mane deserved to win the Ballon d’Or had he not been “let down” by other Africans who didn’t vote for him to win the award.
The Senegalese international forward Mane finished fourth for the gong won for the fifth time by Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi.
Following outcries within the African football community after Mane missed out on the award, Eto’o believes the Senegal international should have walked away with the Ballon d’Or at the end of the evening.
“If Sadio Mane won it 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’o said as per IOL.
“Messi (Lionel) 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.”
Eto’o blamed African voters for snubbing Mane as former Liberia captain and current President George Weah remains the only African to have won the award when he picked up the award in 1995 whilst at AC Milan.
“Africans didn’t vote for Mane. That’s the big problem. African people have problems with other African people.