Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Samuel Eto’o should have won the Ballon d’Or, during his active career.
The 38-year-old retired from professional football this month, after winning two Africa Cup of Nations and three Champions League trophies among other titles.
Eto’o was named Africa’s best player four times and finished third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.
Mourinho first worked with the former Cameroon international at Inter Milan, where they both secured a treble in the 2009-2010 season, before they reunited at Chelsea.
“It’s difficult to understand how Samuel Eto’o never won the Ballon d’Or with the impressive career he had.
“Samuel played for the best teams in the best leagues in the world. He scored an incredible amount of goals and was successful in different leagues.
“He played three champions league finals, winning two with Barcelona and scoring in both finals. He also won one champions league at Inter and won many league titles.
“He was the best striker in the world for several years and I think he deserved a Ballon d’Or but these are things out of our control,” Mourinho told Cameroon Radio.