George Weah remains the only African player in history to have won the Ballon d’Or, although both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have become icons at Liverpool in recent years
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Weah, who remains the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, believes so Liverpool Stars should focus on their own achievements and individual tributes will follow. Mane and Salah both came close to winning the coveted 2019 award, finishing fourth and fifth in the voting. Lionel Messi is the current bearer of the award.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are aiming to become the first English club in history to win a quadruple this season. They have already won the EFL Cup and reached the final of the FA Cup. They also qualified for the last four Champions League and meets Villarreal.
Liverpool’s quadruple bid could depend on the form of Salah and Mane as two of them have combined for 36 Premier League goals this season. Salah is the competition’s top scorer with 22 goals and nobody has provided more assists than he (12).
On an international level, Mane has excelled. The Senegalese talisman led his country to victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in February and qualification for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Salah’s Egypt were on the losing side in both games against Mane’s side.
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Although both players had excellent campaigns, Weah won – the silverware in Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea – believes they should ignore the glamor of the Ballon d’Or and keep trying to win trophies for Liverpool.
“They shouldn’t be obsessing about the Ballon d’Or, they should focus on their performances and try to keep improving,” Weah told Canal+. “[Salah and Mane should not] put yourself under unnecessary pressure. I’ve always worked hard to lift my family out of poverty, for which I was awarded the Ballon d’Or.”
Salah admitted he was shocked in an interview with Egyptian TV channel DMC last month when he finished seventh in last year’s Ballon d’Or. The 29-year-old was expected to finish much higher in the vote. Mane was not longlisted for the award in 2021.
“It shocked me [not doing finishing higher]but I can’t comment on that,” Salah admitted. “No one in the world expected me to finish seventh, but that’s how it happened.”
On his omission at FIFPRO Men’s World 11, Salah added: “I don’t believe in the conspiracy theory but there can be inaccurate decisions and there are many countries that are unpopular with football knowledge and are so far from it.
“I don’t know their decisions based on what, but I don’t believe in the conspiracy theory. I don’t feel there’s anything personal going against me specifically with FIFA decisions, but that’s the reality we’re dealing with to have.” .”
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