African football great George Weah has tipped Borussia Dortmund and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for global success.
Weah is convinced the quality displayed by Aubameyang should get him closer to achieving a Ballon d’Or dream.
In the scheme’s history, Weah remains the only African player to have won.
Generation after generation, decade after decade, people were asking that question that I came and I won the Ballon d'Or, people are still asking whether another African son will win a Ballon d'Or.
But that he says, may change if Aubameyang and the other African players doing well currently, put in a lot of effort.
“Generation after generation, decade after decade, people were asking that question that I came and I won the Ballon d’Or, people are still asking that question whether another African son will win a Ballon d’Or.
“Today, in the world we have a lot of great African players, they are doing their best to grow and to dominate and what we have to do is pray for them because I know Africa will not stop there, Africa will have another Ballon soon,” Weah said.
And even though it may look too tall a mountain to climb, Weah believes it is achievable. He tells Africanews’ Juliet Bawuah that Aubameyang’s beautiful trajectory in career for both club and country is enough to get him a place at the very top echelons of the game.
“It started just like that my name came on the Africa football list, I won, I wanted the best player Kalusha won, my name came Abedi won, my name came I won so one of the best things that happened to us is for Aubameyang to be part of the list.
“Today he is Africa best player. It’s just starting; if he continues to do well he can be a candidate for Ballon d’Or and if he passes the criteria he could be the world player because he has talent. Messi dominates, Ronaldo dominates so the next person that is coming from Africa has to do two times what they are doing.”
Weah’s prediction may happen anytime soon; Aubameyang has been brilliant so far. Currently African Football of the Year, he scores on the average week in week out in the German Bundesliga to get his name ever present in the popularity contest of Europe’s big boys.
The 26 year-old, French-born Gabonese has scored 23 times this season for Dortmund.