African players are not valued in Europe - Thomas Partey Featured
07 Feb

African players are not valued in Europe - Thomas Partey

The Atletico Madrid midfielder feels footballers from Africa are most discriminated in Europe.

Ghana international Thomas Teye Partey says European players are valued more than those from the African continent at all levels in football.

The 25-year-old also said most black players who deserves winning the Golden Ball during award ceremonies have been ignored.

"Well, I think it may be true, because surely there are other players coming from Europe who are valued more than those who come from Africa, for example." Partey told EFE

"We have had very good players like Yaya Touré, Michael Essien, they are seen as good players, but not at the level of a star like a Golden Ball, but they are top players."

"Because they come from Africa it seems that they are valued as a 'top' player but not at the level of (Luka) Modric, (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo, but there have been many very good African players. (Samuel) Eto'o and (Didier) Drogba, they made many goals and could have been players who won the Golden Ball, but they did not reach that level."

"I do not know, I think they value us for recovering balls, for giving a good pass, but we also have goals and many other things."

"If you compare us to a European player, it seems that you value him more than someone who comes from Africa."

Partey was among the finalist shortlisted for the BBC Africa Player of the Year awards in 2018.

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