Liverpool winger Sadio Mane may need to move clubs if he wants to win the Ballon d’Or because the team “don’t really play to his strengths”, according to one pundit.
Mane has become one of European football’s deadliest forwards since moving to Anfield, including his contributions this season which have included numerous winning goals among his tally of 18.
A stunning 2019 saw him help Liverpool to a club-record haul of 97 Premier League points, their sixth Champions League crown and he featured in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final.
As such, he was named African Player of the Year and finished fourth in the running for the Ballon d’Or, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Reds teammate Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi.
Speaking to ESPN, former Senegal striker Diomansy Kamara claimed that Mane may only achieve one of football’s crowning achievements if he looks elsewhere.
“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 said.
“He needs to continue on the road he’s going down, as he wasn’t too far from finishing on the podium, and even for me he maybe deserved to win it this year.
“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.”
Mane has loosely been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona in the upcoming transfer window, by which time he is likely to have added a Premier League winners’ medal to his collection.
In other news, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken openly about the first time he met Mane when the German was Borussia Dortmund boss.