Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o Fils has criticized the Ballon d’Or Award and other similar awards as he said that African players are not respected well enough.
Samuel Eto’o made this known in an exclusive interview with AFP on his visit to Paris last month.
According to the Cameroonian football legend, African players deserve more respect.
Only Liberian football legend George Oppong Weah has managed to win the Ballon d’Or Award and this happened in 1995.
Egyptian international Mohamed Salah came close to winning the Award in 2018 as he finished in sixth position.
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Salah has made the list of 30 nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award alongside Liverpool teammate and Senegalese international Sadio Mane.
Arsenal and Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the list.
The three players finished as the leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 22 goals.
Sadio Mane has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season after scoring six goals to propel the Reds to the top of the table.
On his part, Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in the Premier League.
Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the topscorer for Arsenal in the league this season with eight goals after 11 games in the Premier League.