Samuel Eto'o blames Africans for Mane's 2019 Ballon D'Or loss to Messi

Samuel Eto'o blames Africans for Mane's 2019 Ballon D'Or loss to Messi

- Samuel Eto'o has pointed accusing fingers at African who did not vote for Mane in the Ballon D'Or awards

- The Liverpool striker came fourth as Lionel Messi scooped his sixth career accolade in Paris

- Mane is also contesting for the 2019 African Footballer of the Year with Salah, Aubameyang and Mahrez

Samuel Eto'o believes Saido mane would not have lost the 2019 Ballon D'Or award to Lionel Messi if Africans had voted for him.

The Senegal international finished in fourth position behind Cristiano Roanldo in third and Virgil van Dijk in second.

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“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.”

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“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 the Europeans and the South Americans in the race to be crowned the best players in the world.”

Mane is in the running for the African Player of the Year for 2019 but he will have to contest it with Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“We have a lot of big players in Africa now. Mohammed Salah is doing well,” Eto’o said.

“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.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Virgil van Dijk has been named men's player of the year by the Football Supporters' Association.

The Liverpool defender beat Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, teammate Sadio Mane and Tottenham's Heung-Min Son to the award.

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