Sadio Mane Brands Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Monsters as He Discusses Ballon dOr Dream

​Sadio Mane's bid to become football's most humble Ballon d'Or nominee hit another gear this week as the Liverpool forward dismissed talk that he might push 'monsters' Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2019 award.

A stellar year has seen Mane continue his Champions League-winning form into the 2019/20 season and guide his Senegal team to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Algeria.

Lionel Messi,Sadio Mane

Those achievements have led some to suggest Mane as a surprise candidate for football's most prestigious individual award, but the forward himself is not convinced he is in the same bracket as Messi or Ronaldo.

"These players [Messi and Ronaldo] are monsters. I think that I am still far away from them," Mane told L'Equipe du Soir, as reported by ​Goal"As I have said, I am going to do everything I can to come a little closer to them.

"The fact that I am listed as one of the nominees is due to the fruits of the work that I’ve been putting in for a long time. This is more of a dream than an obsession.

"And if I am able to distinguish myself amongst this collective then of course, the Ballon d’Or, has always been my dream and when a dream comes true, it is always exceptional."

Sadio Mane

The motivation of becoming a modern legend in African football spurs Mane on too, especially with the likes of Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o heaping praise on the Senegalese forward.

He revealed: "I think as I have said it has always been a supplementary source of motivation for me. Eto’o, Drogba, they are legends in Africa and to hear what they are saying about me, it is always nice." 


Source : 90min