While Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o recently had the same point of view on the injustice suffered by African players regarding individual awards including the Golden Ball and the FIFA Player of the Year Award, the international Algerian Riyadh Mahrez does not share this view of the two African legends.
For him, this is not an injustice since former Liberian striker George Weah won the prestigious Golden Ball trophy.
“George Weah, the only African winner, is this an injustice? No, you have to be honest. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for over ten years. There may be a year when Franck Ribéry deserved it (2013). But otherwise, Messi is an alien, like Ronaldo at one time, “ said the Manchester City player last Tuesday in the columns of France Football before continuing:
” African football is not under- estimated at the Ballon d’Or ranking. It may be more to access big clubs or contracts, even if the lines are moving. “
“I insist more on the fact that it is the Arab players who have been underweight for a long time. Because there have been African internationals in big clubs like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o, Emmanuel Adebayor, etc … But great Arab players, I have almost never seen before, “ added the 2019 African champion.
“I have the impression that we have always been considered good dribblers but no more … Benzema, it’s not the same, he was French international, he has this label. There has always been a kind of cliché. Someone had to get through that glass ceiling. And there was Mohamed Salah and me. We are the only ones to have managed to touch a top club “ , finally welcomed the Algerian international.