Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey says African players are discriminated against their fellow European counterparts.

Partey, who has been with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid since 2013, believes that African players don’t earn the same consideration as their European mates.

“If we are compared with European players, it looks like they are more considered than a player from Africa,” said 25-year-old Ghana international in an interview with Spain’s EFE."

“We had very good players, like Yaya Toure, Michael Essien, we consider them 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 many very 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, ” Partey regretted.

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