Why I didn’t win Ballon d’Or – Amuneke

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Former Super Eagles’ winger, Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed why he was not voted World Footballer of the year.

The former goal-machine said he was denied the Ballon d’Or award because he plied his soccer trade as a Nigerian.

“I usually tell some of my friends that if I had started my football career as a European player, maybe, I would have won the World Footballer of the year award.

“Unfortunately, I started from Nigeria and only God knows why,” Amuneke said at the weekend during the unveiling of LaLiga Nigerian office in Lagos,” he said.

Amuneke, who won the African Footballer of the year in 1994 after helping Nigeria to win the African Nations Cup trophy at Tunisia ‘94, was bought by La Liga giants, FC Barcelona, for $3.6 million in 1996.

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