Register Login Scores

Ballon d’Or

Mane Explains Ballon d'Or Ceremony Snub

Despite finishing fourth in the race for the 2019 Ballon d'Or title, Sadio Mane was a notable absentee at the awards ceremony on Monday, and the Liverpool star has since explained why he did not attend the event.

Read: Messi Wins Record-Breaking 6th Ballon d'Or, CR7 Snubs Awards

On Monday, Lionel Messi was crowned the winner of the 2019 Ballon d'Or award after beating off competition from the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mane, although the latter pair were absent from the ceremony.

Despite being one of the major contenders for the prize, the Senegal star was a notable absentee in Paris, with some reports suggesting that he had boycotted the event due to a frustration with the voting system. 

Those reports have been dismissed as false, however, after hosts France Football released a video in which Mane apologised for his absence and explained that it was due to his commitments with club Liverpool, who play Merseyside rivals Everton on Wednesday. 

Mane was one of seven Reds stars who were nominated for the award, although only runner-up van Dijk and Yachine Trophy winner Alisson Becker were present at the ceremony, with the other players remaining in England in order to focus on match preparations. 

Click through the gallery below for a selection of images from the 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony:

The 27-year-old's strike partner Mohamed Salah ranked fifth, while countryman Kalidou Koulibaly placed 24th in the Ballon d'Or rankings. 

Do you think Mane should have won the Ballon d'Or? Share your thoughts by commenting in the section below. 

2 comments

Top 5

10 Richest African Footballers In The World, Past & Present

7 Mar 11, 2021 07:19 PM in African Football

Chiefs Keeper Leaving?

26 Apr 14, 2021 08:44 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

123 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

8 Pirates Players At Risk Of Missing Crucial Downs Clash

27 Apr 13, 2021 04:01 PM in Orlando Pirates

Tau Opens Up On PSL Return

87 Apr 12, 2021 03:06 PM in Players Abroad

Report: Ball Boy That CR7 Gave Shirt To Will Be Punished

9 Apr 14, 2021 10:27 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Legend Looks! 10 Of Radabe’s Coolest IG Flexes

1 Apr 12, 2021 10:37 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Chiefs Keeper Leaving?

26 Apr 14, 2021 08:44 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

15 Ex-Downs Stars Who've Simply Just Disappeared

5 Apr 15, 2021 08:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

20 Chiefs Players Who Moved Overseas

5 Apr 14, 2021 08:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Benni’s Usuthu Compensation

17 Apr 14, 2021 12:51 PM in Bafana

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

'Its A Privilege' - Mabaso Honours Late Ex-Pirates Star

1 Apr 13, 2021 01:01 PM in Orlando Pirates