Cisse: Senegal’s Mane should not think about winning Ballon d’Or
Senegal’s head coach Aliou Cisse (R) and player Sadio Mane during a press conference
Thursday Jul 18, 2019. 17:00
Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse says Sadio Mane should not think about winning the 2019 Ballon d’Or accolade.
The Senegalese winger has had a great year thus far as he played an important role in helping his English club Liverpool FC win the 2019 UEFA Champions League title.
Mane has also played an instrumental role in helping Senegal reach the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final where they will face Algeria on Friday.
“You can’t think about the Ballon d’Or,” Cisse said on Ahram Online.
“What’s important for Sadio is that he continues to fight for the team and delivers performances.
“He’s in that mindset. My talks with him are clear: give everything for the team, and the team will give you it back,” he added.
“He’s a boy whose head is screwed on right, who understands the team will always come before individuals.”
Legendary Liberian striker George Weah remains the only African to have claimed the prestigious Ballon d’Or prize in 1995.