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Lionel Messi talks up Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and says he gave him his Ballon d’Or vote

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Lionel Messi talks up Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and says he gave him his Ballon d’Or vote

The Senegalese wideman came fourth in the reckoning.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi expressed his admiration for Liverpool winger Sadio Mane and says he voted him to win the Ballon d’Or.

Messi praised the £34 million (BBC) wideman after a year in which his Barca side were knocked out of the Champions League by Mane’s Reds.

He told Canal+, via Goal: “It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place. But I think there have been a lot of great players this year. That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mane because he’s a player that I like.

 

“Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him. ‘ I repeat, there were a lot of very great players this year, so the choice was difficult.”

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TBR’s View – Mane as good as any wideman around right now

There was a time when Neymar seemed the natural heir to the throne when Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s duopoly of the Ballon d’Or came to an end.

But Mane is now a more effective, dynamic and reliable winger than the Brazilian and bares comparison with any player in his position across world football right now.

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