Former France star Alain Giresse believes Liverpool forward Sadio Mane should have won The Best FIFA Men's Player award ahead of Lionel Messi in 2019.
Over the past two seasons, the Reds have won the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Senegal international has been key to the club's successes, scoring 45 goals in 91 appearances across all competitions in those two campaigns for the Merseysiders, according to Transfermarkt.
Giresse, who won the 1984 European Championship with France and was coach of Tunisia between December 2018 and August 2019, has now insisted he would have voted for the 28-year-old for the FIFA award had he been given the chance.
"I definitely would have put Sadio Mane ahead of (Lionel) Messi, in terms of the season they had last season," the former Marseille forward told ESPN FC.
"I didn't receive the ballot sheet, so it wasn't me who voted (on Tunisia's behalf). I can't say who did, but it wasn't me.
"When I was head coach of Senegal, Sadio was still young but he had ahead of him an enormous potential, a technical potential, and a moral potential to go on to become a great player, as he has become today."
"During my career, African players hadn't acquired the dimension they have today in terms of being at the highest level," he added.
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