Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o insists Sadio Mane deserved to win the Ballon d’Or had he not been “let down” by other Africans who voted against him for the award.

Liverpool forward Mane finished fourth for the gong won by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Eto’o believes the Senegal international should have been the Ballon d’Or winner.

Eto’o blamed African voters for snubbing Mane as former Liberia captain George Weah remains the only African to have won the award.