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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane fires ‘unacceptable’ snub for Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on Ballon d’Or list



Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane explains it is ‘unacceptable’ that Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has not been included in the Ballon d’Or nomination list.

Last week, the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was disclosed with five Chelsea players included.

Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, and Cesar Azpilicueta all made the cut.

But there was no space for Mendy as Paris Saint-Germain and Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma were the only goalkeepers to be selected.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

Sadio Mane and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy hanging out while on international duty

Nonetheless, Mane feels his Senegal teammate, who became the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League this year, had the right to be acknowledged for his outstanding exhibitions for Chelsea.

When asked about Mendy’s omission from the Ballon d’Or list, Mane told reporters after Senegal’s win over Namibia at the weekend: ‘It is unacceptable.

‘I do not understand, these are things to deplore.’

Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who also plays alongside Mendy with Senegal’s national team, thinks the Chelsea goalkeeper should have been named in the Ballon d’Or list.

‘It’s a real shame that Edou isn’t one of them. He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League,’ said Koulibaly.

 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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