While the GOAT Lionel Messi put together a magisterial campaign to pip Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk to this year’s Ballon d’Or, the Reds made a show of force at the glamorous awards show in Paris, accounting for four of the 10 highest vote getters on the night.
Sadio Mané was the next highest Liverpool player after Van Dijk, finishing fourth in overall voting, while Mohamed Salah in fifth and Alisson Becker in seventh rounded out the Reds contingent.
However, Messi, who lest we forget is better at football than any of us are at anything in our lives, believes Mané’s excellent year ought deserved a higher vote count than he received:
”It’s a shame to see Mané finish in fourth place,” Messi told Canal+ regarding the award decided by national team captains and sports journalists.
Messi himself, as captain of the Argentine national team, cast his own vote for the Liverpool star, proof of his admiration for Mané’s exploits.
”I think there have been a lot of great players this year,” the Barcelona forward continued. “That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mané because he’s a player that I like.
”Mané achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him.”
The 26 goals and five assists the Reds no. 10 racked up last season in all competitions has shot Mané to genuine superstardom. The 27-year-old’s numbers would also appear compare favorably with those of the third place vote getter in Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo such that another stellar campaign that has so far seen Mané rack up an astounding 13 goals and 7 assists in a mere 21 games so far could raise his profile even further.