South African legend Benni McCarthy has insisted that several African stars, including Nwankwo Kanu, Samuel Eto’o and Augustin Okocha, have been snubbed for the title of FIFA World Player of the Year or FIFA World Cup ™. France Football gold ball because they are not cash cows.
« We are not catchy in Europe. We are players they watch past because they are looking for the most lucrative and worthy stars to sell more newspapers, sell more magazines and be more attractive. « , He revealed to sportinglife.
The talents of George Weah, Nwankwo Kanu, Jay-Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o exploded all over Africa and beyond, but only George Weah became the only African player to have won the most coveted award. A situation that outrages the old bafana-bafana.
« If an African player wins, there is not much attraction, but if Gareth Bale wins, if Rooney wins, if Ronaldo wins, this is the world news, the latest news. Yaya Toure was phenomenal but never recognized, Didier Drogba was never recognized, Samuel Eto’o was also recognized; never been recognized, Jay Jay Okocha was too, I was never recognized either, Nwankwo Kanu … I can go on, the list can go on but we have not been recognized. «
He admits that it will be very difficult for an African to win this distinction. « So, I think because it’s not lucrative enough for them to choose an African as the world’s best player, he will not sell. They will no longer choose an African best player in the world. «
Today, Egyptian Mohamed Salah walks on water in Europe and is a favorite for the next gold ball. To be continued !
The former striker of AC Milan, PSG and Chelsea, George Weah is the only African to have won the Ballon d’Or since its inception in 1956.