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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“It is unacceptable" - Liverpool's Sadio Mane reacts to Chelsea star not being nominated for Ballon d'Or

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has slammed France Football for not including Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on the 30-man Ballon d'Or sh...



Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has slammed France Football for not including Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.



Mendy, who represents Senegal on the international stage alongside Mane, had an incredible last season with Chelsea. In 44 appearances for the Blues across all competitions, Mendy conceded just 29 goals and kept 25 clean sheets, helping them win the UEFA Champions League.

The Chelsea shot-stopper was also named UEFA goalkeeper of the year. However, he was snubbed from the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist, which hasn't gone down well with Mane.

“It is unacceptable. I do not understand,” Mane said following Senegal’s 4-1 World Cup qualification win over Namibia. Apart from Mane, Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly was also left surprised by the Chelsea goalkeeper's exclusion from the list. He said:

“It’s a real shame that Edou isn’t one of them. He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League. We must continue to work and move forward.

We have to do the double [the work] of some people to be well judged.“Edou is a very positive person. We talked about it together. He will continue to fight to be part of it. For me, he has a place among these 30 players.”

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