He disclosed this in an interview with media personality, Toke Makinwa on Thursday.
“And if I’m to say, I’ll say, I regret not winning the African Footballer of the year,” he said.
“But of course, if you look back, there’s always a time that you say oh maybe you could’ve done a bit better than you did.
“I thought I did enough to have won it because it was not a fluke that I won BBC player of the year three years in a row and not manage to win that CAF award, but I mean maybe it was not meant to be.
“Well, I think I don’t want to sound greedy, but I’ve had an amazing career, I never thought I would make it that big.”