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Former Barcelona and Chelsea star Samuel Eto’o had dismissed claims Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is Africa’s greatest player. Eto’o also took a swipe at former Liverpool player El-Hadji Diouf for claiming he’s Africa’s best ever.
“Even if my brother Diouf the last time, with an extra glass, got a little lost, there is no debate”, Eto’o said as quoted by Goal.
“None of them [Diouf and Drogba] can come and say that they were at my level or better.
“And it’s not the fact that I say it, it’s a fact, it’s something that is there. I wanted to be number one and I have been throughout my career.”
Drogba has now sent a message to the former Cameroon international, and revealed that rather than comparing himself with the African stars, he would rather continue to motivate the next generation of African footballers to beat the records they set.
He said: “He has the right to expression, my education does not allow me to answer, only UEFA is witness to the fact that Africa has great players, and some are among the top 20 scorers in the history of the Champions League.
“My brothers Samuel Eto’o and El-Hadji Diouf were great players as was Ronaldinho at Barcelona.
“Everyone has their star, today there is a new generation of footballers. Brothers like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah do wonders in clubs and could do better than former players.”