Mane gives a defiant response on Awards snub after leaving empty-handed from award ceremonies.
Liverpool Senegalese star gives a bold refusal to be pessimistic after being snubbed for some major awards this year and so far left empty-handed from award ceremonies. He remained optimistic insisting that he must “work harder.”
Sadio Mane has so far failed to win any award this year after giving an outstanding 2018/19 season. Also, he couldn’t even make up to the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11.
The Senegalese star was backed by Lionel Messi for the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award and has been tipped as a potential contender for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
He helped fire Senegal to the Africa cup of Nations final. He was also a very crucial part of Liverpool last season, where he finished as a Champions League winner and was a major contributor in giving Liverpool triumph. He was also a joint top scorer in the Premier League where the Reds missed out on the title by a single point.
He managed to start this season with the same style bagging a total of eight goals already in his name this campaign. Jurgen Klopp sits eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 100% record.
And yet, even after giving an outstanding performance, Mane could only finish being fifth in the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award and didn’t make the top three for The Best FIFA Men’s Player gong despite being supported by Lionel Messi.
Players like Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard despite not having such strong season as Senegal forward beat him to places in the Men’s World11.
But Mane is taking it on the chin and vowed to become an even better player.
Mane said in an interview,
“As I said before, I do not focus on individual distinctions, the collective results are more important to me.”
“The choices were made. I wasn’t chosen, the players in the awards had exceptional seasons, they deserved to be there, I congratulate these players.
“I think it’s a strong message for me to work harder. I accept it’s hard for me to say that I deserve to be there, I’m modest enough for that, and the thing is, the choices have been made and I respect them.”
“It’s a jury that votes and everyone has their way of seeing things.”
Personally, I would say that I deserve to be there but it’s a choice.
“Others say they prefer Virgil van Dijk, or they prefer Eden Hazard you just have to congratulate these guys.”
Sadio Mane was all humble even after getting nothing from the award ceremony. But he deserved to be in the Men’s World 11 as he gave the outstanding performance in this season and the previous one. But the player was backed by the legend that too in no less than an achievement.