Samuel Eto’o has exclaimed that there would be nothing to be said about Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not being in the top five in the running for the Ballon d’Or.
Virgil van Dijk is currently one of the favourites -along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win this year's coveted prize after a successful year - for the club and personal achievements.
Eto'o told RFI (via TeamTalk) that Salah, Mane and Aubameyang should be among the top five contenders after the trio individually scored 22 goals -in the Premier League for the Liverpool duo and Arsenal.
“We are only good to denigrate our own brothers. We are not respected,” the 38-year-old said. “It’s a fact. I hope I’m wrong, but the next Ballon d’Or will be neither Mane nor Salah.
“There is no explanation that Mane, Salah or Aubameyang, the top three scorers of the Premier League last season may not even be among the top five.
“Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both very strong, but this season who won the Champions League? It’s Mane and Salah.”