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Partey addresses discrimination in European football

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has for the first time addressed the discrimination in European football where he has been playing since 2013.

Partey believes that African players do not earn the same salary packages as opposed to their European counterparts.

However, the Ghana international is not the first African professional footballer to voice their opinion on the matter with the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure, having raised concerns about the wages in recent years.

“If we are compared with European players, it looks like they are more considered than a player from Africa,” Partey told Spanish international news agency, EFE.

“We had very good players, like Yaya Toure, Michael Essien. They were considered as good players, but not at the level to win a Ballon d’Or because they come from Africa, but they are ‘top’ players from Africa.

“We consider them as ‘top’ players but not at the level of the likes of Modric, Messi or Ronaldo, but there were very many good African players.

“Eto’o and Drogba scored a lot of goals and could have won the Ballon d’Or, but they did not succeed,” he said.

Current Liberia president George Weah remains the only African winner of the Ballon d’Or, which he won in 1995 while playing for AC Milan.

Partey joined Atletico Madrid B in 2013 before enrolling with the main team two years later.

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