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“He’s a great player”: Former Reds star backs current Liverpool ace to win Ballon d’Or while at Anfield

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By Pranav Ravindrannair

Messi could prevent Barcelona swooping in for Sadio Mane

According to Liverpool Echo (h/t Express), former Liverpool star John Aldridge believes Sadio Mane will struggle to win the Ballon d’Or if he moves to Barcelona.

The reason for that is the current winner of the trophy – Lionel Messi. The Argentine superstar is arguably the greatest player the game has ever seen. If he does move to Barcelona, Mane will have to settle for living in Messi’s shadow.

These comments come in the light of the recently released documentary on the Senegalese star’s life. He had revealed that it was a dream of his to win the award.

Sadio Mane is one of Liverpool's best players
Sadio Mane is one of Liverpool’s top talents

Although it may appear that he has to move to the Nou Camp to stand a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or, Aldridge believes it isn’t so. (h/t Express)

Aldridge believes that it is hard to keep players at a club in the modern era. He has, however, labelled Mane an exception and appreciated his humility.

The former Liverpool striker does not view the Senegalese star as someone who would angle for a move away, unlike former fan favorite Fernando Torres.

“Mane can win the Ballon d’Or as he’s a great player. And he has as much chance winning it while at Liverpool than anywhere else.”

A tale of caution!

Aldridge took up the case of Philippe Coutinho to showcase that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool
Sadio Mane has developed into a world-class player at Liverpool

The Brazilian playmaker was at the height of his powers at Liverpool when he chose to move to the Nou Camp. His dream turned into a nightmare and the Catalans are keen to offload him.

“Liverpool are a better team than either Barcelona or Real at present.”

The Reds are the reigning European and World champions. It can be argued that we are a better side than both Real Madrid and Barcelona at the moment. It is difficult to see what he can achieve in Spain that he cannot do so at Anfield.

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Mane has gone from a promising player to a truly world-class winger after making the move to Liverpool. He was given the African Footballer of the Year award for his impressive performances last year.