Edouard Mendy Finally Explains How Being An African Affected His Ballon d’Or Votes

In an interview with French football programme Telefoot, Edouard Mendy has admitted that he ‘didn’t understand’ why he was snubbed by the Ballon d’Or voters.

The Chelsea keeper who was later named the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper was not included even in the 30-man shortlist for France Football’s award.

“The best response was to stay the course on the pitch to show that my name deserved to be in the top 30,” Mendy said.

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“I think being African did me a disservice because I didn’t play in any international competitions last year.”

If that is true, Mendy will have an even stronger case this year as he has helped Senegal win the first African Cup of Nations in the country’s history.

Of course, he’d also have to maintain his top-level while performing for Chelsea. After winning the Club World Cup, the Blues remain in contention for the League Cup, the FA Cup, and the Champions League – a trophy or two would not harm Mendy’s chances to get Ballon d’Or votes.

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