Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

'Mane Deserved FIFA Award Ahead Of Messi'

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.

Read: Man City Humiliate Champions Liverpool In Fine Style

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."

The 67-year-old is also of the opinion that African players are now able to compete with their European and South American counterparts on the global stage.

Read: Griezmann's Family Responds To Barca Boss

"During my career, African players hadn't acquired the dimension they have today in terms of being at the highest level," he added.

Do you think Mane should have won The Best FIFA Men's Player of The Year award ahead of Messi in 2019? Have your say in the comments section below.

Gallery: Chelsea Unveil 2020/21 Home Kit

'I Want To Play With Messi, Ronaldo & Mbappe!'

Official: Bayern Announce New Signing

comments

Top 5

Pirates Captain Opens Up Ahead Of Crunch Clash…

19 Aug 11, 2020 08:04 AM in Orlando Pirates

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

25 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

Chiefs Also Without Key Player For Wits Clash

6 Aug 11, 2020 01:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

12 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Downs' Season End Record Better Than Chiefs'

8 Aug 11, 2020 11:17 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Boost For Chiefs’ FIFA Ban Cause…

29 Aug 09, 2020 11:00 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Downs Pick Up Interest In Pirates Star?

34 Aug 08, 2020 11:02 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Hunt Confirms Registering 42-Year-Old

9 Aug 07, 2020 07:30 AM in PSL

Official: Real Madrid Confirm Another Exit

3 Aug 10, 2020 05:15 PM in Real Madrid

Downs’ Role In Highlands Park Mooted Sale…

16 Aug 07, 2020 05:31 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Pirates Defender Ruled Out For Downs Clash

9 Aug 11, 2020 11:33 AM in Orlando Pirates

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Watch: Tau Announces Himself With Cheeky Anderlecht Goal

4 Aug 11, 2020 12:36 PM in Players Abroad

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch