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“It’s True And Which Is Sad” – Sadio Mane Agrees That African Players Are Often Unfairly Overlooked From Ballon d’Or Contention (Details below)



Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Senegal has claimed that African players are being overlooked for the Ballon d’Or, as he revealed his desire to become his continent’s first winner since 1995.

Mane led Senegal to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations and also helped them secure a spot in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. He is desperate for Liverpool to win the Champions League on Saturday night.

When told that African players are frequently overlooked, Mane replied, ‘It’s true. What can I say if you guys say it? That is unfortunate. This cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, is one of the most important to me; it is the largest trophy I have ever won.

‘It is sad that no African player has won the Ballon d’Or since George Weah. Winning the Champions League is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have another chance to play, and we have a good chance of winning because we have a strong team.

‘We’ll do everything in our power to win it, and then we’ll see what happens with the Ballon d’Or.’ I believe that from the start of the season, myself and all of the Liverpool players will set goals to win all of the trophies. So far, we’ve won two and lost one, which is now behind us.

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‘Manchester City deserved it’ (to win the title). Winning the Champions League would be a dream come true for me and the other boys. This is where we concentrate our efforts. We must do everything possible to win…the rest is up to you.

‘It would be even more special for me to win the Ballon d’Or, and I would be the happiest player in the world,’ he says.

On Saturday night’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he said, ‘honestly, I’m really enjoying every single moment,’ said Mane. ‘Winning the Champions League final will make it even more special.’ Two finals is impressive, but you have to dream big, and I am a player who does.

‘I think playing in a Champions League final is special, and we need to make it even more special.’ We have the team for the job. So far, this has been one of the best seasons! I won one of the most important things in my life, and it motivates me even more to take the next step.’

‘The answer I can give you now is I feel very good, and I am fully focused on the Saturday game, that is the answer I must give before the final,’ he added. But please contact me again on Saturday and I will give you the best answer. For the time being, let’s go win it.’

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Liberia’s president and former footballer, George Weah, was the last African player to win the Ballon d’Or in 1995.

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