In the Late Football Club, Habib Beye has pushed a rant after the ceremony of the Ballon d’or. He regrets that so little of recognition for African players
Habib Beye is known for his outspokenness. Since he is a consultant for the channel Canal Plus, former player of Olympique de Marseille has been proven many times. He does not hesitate to say what he thinks, even if it might not please. It comes, moreover, to do so again in the Late Football Club, last Monday. Following the election of Luka Modric, for the Golden Ball, Habib Beye has pushed a rant. Not that the election of the Croatian bothered him. It is disturbing, the old player, this is the fact that the African players have so little recognition.
Golden ball : the protest of Habib Beye
Mohamed Salah, who has certainly been the best player in the world last year, has not finished that has the 6th place in the ranking of the Ballon d’or. Habib Beye doesn’t understand this. That is why, the consultant Canal Plus has decided to threw what he had on the heart :
“I’m never in the victimization. When I look at this ranking, one realizes that what is happening from the 5th to the 30th place was not really of interest and value. Sadio Mané, who has been quite dazzling with Liverpool last year, I would have put in front of a player like Sergio Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne. He has put 10 goals in Champions League (9 in fact, editor’s note), he scored in the final, it was extraordinary. It has been the 2nd best player of Liverpool behind Mohamed Salah. When I see Salah, for example, and that I compare him to Lionel Messi. Inherently, this is the best player in the world but Salah has scored 32 goals last year in the Premier League, he finished top scorer, he puts 10 goals in the Champions League. He has been exceptional and he is at the 6th place. If tomorrow, they called themselves Salahinho or Manéinho… there has often been a lack of recognition. Remember Samuel eto’o and Didier Drogba. Since they do not shine with their selection, may be that they lack of will at the international level. (…) I think that this ranking of the Golden Ball no longer means anything. “
Golden ball : the stars wanted a French
In any case, several stars of world football have certainly had to be disappointed in discovering that this was not a Frenchman who had won the Golden Ball. Indeed, many had hoped that this is a habs won the trophy. Steven Gerrard had, for example, stated :
“I think the winner should be a world champion who has also been regular throughout the year. Therefore, I see a Frenchman, Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappé. “