Cape Town - Samuel Eto'o says there would be "no
explanation" if Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
are not in the running for the Ballon d'Or this year.
Salah and Mane, Champions League winners with Liverpool, shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Aubameyang last season.
Aubameyang also helped fired Arsenal to the Europa League final, and is available in the Ballon d'Or betting.
But with current favourite Virgil van Dijk already being ruled out in
some quarters, it seems like it could be yet another straight battle
between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The legendary Eto'o says "there is no explanation" if Mane, Salah or
Aubameyang do not at least make up the rest of the top five.
"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.
"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."
- TeamTalk Media