Ballon d'Or all-time best XI: Eto'o blasts France Football for shunning African stars

Ballon d'Or all-time best XI: Eto'o blasts France Football for shunning African stars

- Ballon d'Or organisers have named Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their all-time teams

- Both superstars have 11 of the award shared between them

- Meanwhile, Samuel Eto'o says Africans do not exist, reasons they were omitted from the shortlist

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Three-time Champions League winner and Cameroon football legend Samuel Eto'o has slammed France Football after ignoring African football legends in the Ballon d'Or all-time dream teams they announced.

The French Magazine commissioned about 140 journalists across the globe to come up with three different sets of teams to be recognised for their exploits in the game.

Five-time Champions League winner, Cristiano Ronaldo and his arch-rival, Lionel Messi, made the publication's all-time first-team squad.

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The first team also has the likes of Pele, late Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Xavi Hernandes, Cafu and Ronaldo De Lima.

Ballon d'Or all-time teams: Samuel Eto'o blasts France Football for shunning African stars
Ballon d'Or: Samuel Eto'o presenting an award to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein.
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Stars like Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Gianluigi Buffon and Johan Cruyff highlighted the second all-time team.

Manuel Neuer, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta, Thierry Henry and Marco Van Basten including Michel Platini and a few other legendary players made the shortlist for the third all-time team.

But none of the three lists of legends had a single African star recognised - an omission the former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker found very offensive when he took to Twitter to comment under a journalist's post, saying:

"We Africans do not exist."

Samuel Eto'o made his mark in the world after winning three Champions League titles with Barcelona and Inter Milan and was one of the few players who won the title back-to-back with different clubs.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the All-time dream team has been conducted by France Football, a publication responsible for the Ballon d'Or award, The Sun reports.

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Three all-time best teams were voted by 140 journalists and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Pele and the late Diego Maradona made the cut for the first team.

The likes of Zinedine Zidane who won the Ballon d'Or three times during his playing career was surprisingly left out of the starting XI.

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