Yes that’s right !! In a recent interview, Lionel Messi himeslf backed Sadio Manne to win the Ballon d’or .On Monday the 5 players will be shortlisted for the best player in the world football and among these five Liverpool star defender Virgil Van Dijk ,Mohammad Salah and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will definitely make the cut but it will be very unfair if Sadio Manne doesn’t make the cut .
He is backed by none other than Lionel Messi who himself is one of the firm favorites to win his 6th ballon d’or title based on his stellar individual performance which he put with Barcelona .
Not only Lionel Messi but Sadio manne claims to Ballon d’or is backed by likes of Thiago Silva and Arsene Wenger. Lionel Messi in Interview stated that : “He is so talented , he deserves to win the Ballon d’or.Sadio Manne after the departure of Coutinho has played key role in bringing the European glory back to Liverpool .
He was man of the match against Tottenham in Champions League Final and also in semi final which saw liverpool making an epic comeback by dispatching Barcelona out of Champion League in 4-0 away defeat.
Along with that Sadio Manne was top scorer in the English Premier League along with team Mo Salah and Arsenal’s Pieere Emrick Aubameyang.When asked about how he felt on shortlisting of van dijk and Salah ahead of him this week , his reply was very humble.
” I am happy for them ” he said ,” I think i am more focused on trophies for team than individual honours”.However this might not be competely true given that he already had little spat with his teammate Salah when Salah didnt pass the ball to him when he was in a better position to score Manne was substituted after than and later the tensions between the two player were removed by coach Jurgen Klopp.
So lets see whether it will be Lionel Messi who will win his sixth title taking him ahead of his rival Ronaldo or it will be Virgil Van Dijk whose defensive abilities have completely reshaped Liverpool defence or we are in for surprise like last year Ballon d’or with Sadio Manne taking the trophy home.