‘I Was Snubbed For Ballon d’Or For Being Senegalese’
Senegal and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy feels his omission from the Ballon d’Or shortlist is due to his international allegiance.
Mendy has emerged as one of the leading goalkeepers in world football and won the UEFA Champions League with the Blues last season – playing a pivotal role in their triumph under Thomas Tuchel.
But the 14-time capped Senegal international was overlooked for the nomination for the most coveted individual honour in the game, which he feels is down to not playing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners.
“Honestly, I wonder. If I had played for France and had taken part in the Euros, would we have this debate and this reflection,” he told Canal+ in response to the 2021 Ballon d’Or omission.
Since joining the Blues from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes in a deal worth a reported £22-million after being recommended by club legend Petr Cech, Mendy has kept 35 clean sheets in 59 games, while conceding only 35 times across all competitions.
But after the snub Mendy remains optimistic about his future, suggesting that it’s ‘something that motivates’ him and ‘pushes him to work harder’ for recognition.
Born in Montivilliers, France, the 29-year-old was eligible to represent the country of his birth, Guinea-Bissau through his father and the Lions of Teranga through his mother.