Liverpool’s Mane fumes it’s "unacceptable" Mendy is not up for Ballon d’Or

Sadio Mane has been left furious over Senegal team-mate Edouard Mendy's omission from the 2021 Ballon d'Or shortlist, branding it "unacceptable".

Mendy was not among the 30 nominees for this year's prize despite playing an integral part in Chelsea's Champions League triumph last season.

With the French-born goalkeeper in between the sticks, Thomas Tuchel's men only conceded two goals in the knockout stages of the tournament, which they won by beating Manchester City 1-0 in the all-important final.

He also equalled the record held by Santiago Canizares and Keylor Navas for most clean sheets in a single Champions League season, keeping nine in 12 matches as the Blues romped home to glory.

Yet, even this record-breaking form was not enough to earn Mendy a place on the 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award – given to the best player in world football over the past 12 months.

His Chelsea team-mates N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Cesar Azpilicueta all made the cut, making his omission all the more baffling.

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And a fuming Mane, who was also left out of the shortlist this year, insists Mendy should have been in the running for the award.

The Liverpool star first said: “It is unacceptable. I do not understand.”

He then added: “It’s a real shame that Edou isn’t one of them. He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League.

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“We must continue to work and move forward. We have to do the double [the work] of some people to be well judged.

“Edou is a very positive person. We talked about it together. He will continue to fight to be part of it. For me, he has a place among these 30 players.”

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Mendy, though, has not taken his omission to heart and said: “There will always be debates, whether it’s about me or someone else.

"It is down to the freedom of the votes of the [Ballon d’Or] journalists and they must be respected.”

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