The former right-wing Teranga lions terrier Habib Beye recently denounced what he considers unfair in the 2018 Ballon d’Or ranking.
For him, this ranking is by no means objective. He specifically favors footballers from Europe. During his recent visit to Canal +, the Senegalese criticized the ranks that were attributed to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, believing that they deserved a better ranking.
According to him, African players are not recognized at fair value in the world football:
“I am never in victimization. When I look at this ranking, we realize that what happens from 5th to 30th place does not really have any interest and value. Sadio Mané, who was quite dazzling with Liverpool last year, I would have put in front of a player like Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. He put 10 goals in the Champions League (9 in reality, ed), he scored in the final, he was extraordinary. He was the second best Liverpool player behind Mohamed Salah, “he said.
“When I see Salah, for example, and compare him to Lionel Messi. Intrinsically, he is the best player in the world but Salah scored 32 goals last year in the Premier League, he finished top scorer, he puts 10 goals in the Champions League. He was exceptional and he is in 6th place. If tomorrow they were called Salahinho or Manéinho … There was often a lack of recognition. Remember Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. Since they do not shine with their selection, maybe they lack international aura. (…) I think this classification of the Golden Ball does not mean anything anymore, “ he concluded.
"S'ils s'appelaient Salah-INHO ou Mané-INHO…" 🇪🇬🇧🇷🇸🇳
— Late Football Club (@LateFootClub) December 3, 2018