Eto’o, who recently called time on his successful football career, weighed in on the likely winners of the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
The Cameroon legend, though worried they might be chopped off from the selection, backed Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make the final five shortlist after their incredible 2018-19 season in the Premier League where they finished as joint top scorers with 22 goals each.
Despite the titles won and the plethora of goals scored in his 22-year career, the 38-year-old did not win the Ballon d’Or and he lamented the manner at which Africans bring themselves down.
“We are only good to denigrate our own brothers. We are not respected,” Eto’o told RFI.
“It’s a fact. I hope I’m wrong, but the next Ballon d’Or will be neither Mane nor Salah.