Sunday Jun 19, 2022. 16:00
While Sadio Mane’s immediate future has been one of the biggest talking points in the game today, a French legend mentioned that the Senegalese star should be considered for the coveted Ballon d’Or award.
It has been reported that Mane is on his way to Bayern Munich, after Liverpool accepted a £35million offer for the mercurial attacker.
Mane has one year left of his deal with the club and was said to have explored his options after Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final last month.
That said, French great and current Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira feels that Mane should be considered for the Ballon d’Or award given his performance levels in what he describes as the ’new generation’ of attackers.
“Sadio Mane is part of the new generation of attackers who know how to do everything,” Vieira told Wiw Sport, as per Goal.com.
“He scores goals, he knows how to defend, he knows how to run in depth. He is a hard worker in the field. He is one of the modern attackers. For me, he should be considered for the Ballon d’Or.
“He is one of those great players who can win it. I saw him every weekend in the Premier League and for me he is one of the great European strikers.”