A former Premier League striker believes his compatriot ought to have completed forward of Virgil van Dijk within the closing voting for the 2019 award
Sadio Mane “deserved” to win the Ballon d’Or final 12 months, and “may have to leave Liverpool” so as to decide up the accolade sooner or later, in accordance to Diomansy Kamara.
2020 was an excellent 12 months for Mane on each a person and group degree, as he helped Liverpool get their palms on three main trophies.
The 27-year-old performed a key function within the Reds’ sixth European Cup triumph final June, and went on to add UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup winners’ medals to his assortment.
He additionally shared final season’s Golden Boot with membership colleague Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scoring 22 Premier League targets in complete as Liverpool completed only a level behind eventual champions Manchester City within the closing standings.
Despite his spectacular exploits within the closing third, Virgil van Dijk was broadly credited as the principle man behind Liverpool’s success, as he picked up the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year prize earlier than ending second within the voting for the Ballon d’Or behind Barcelona celebrity Lionel Messi.
Mane positioned a good fourth, with five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo ending up in third, however Kamara believes a fellow countryman’s performances warranted a better place.
The ex-Fulham and Senegal centre-forward does not assume Liverpool play to Mane’s strengths, and would really like to see him transfer on to pastures new so as to obtain his full potential.
“If Mane, one day wants to win the Ballon d’Or, he may have to leave Liverpool as the club are maybe not the best advocates for him, despite their outstanding performances,” Kamara informed ESPN.
“He wants to proceed on the street he is happening, as he wasn’t too removed from ending on the rostrum, and even for me he perhaps deserved to win it this 12 months.
“Now he needs to continue to work, and maybe even change clubs, because we’ve seen that Liverpool don’t really play to Mane’s strengths and people gave their votes to Virgil van Dijk even though Mane and to a lesser extent Mohamed Salah were equally in the running.”
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Mane has been a standout performer for Liverpool as soon as once more within the 2019-20 marketing campaign, contributing 18 targets and 12 assists to the membership’s trigger throughout all competitions.
He is on track to encourage Jurgen Klopp’s males in the direction of Premier League glory, with the Reds at present 25 factors clear on the high of the desk with solely 9 fixtures left to play.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus disaster has delayed Liverpool’s coronation indefinitely, and it’s not but identified when will probably be secure for soccer to resume.