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Could Mané win the Ballon D'or?

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Pin Mané and Salah form a strong partnership at Liverpool. AFP
Mané and Salah form a strong partnership at Liverpool. AFP

Could Mané win the Ballon D'or?

BeSoccer by BeSoccer @besoccer_com - 0 5,291

Senegalese winger Sadio Mané helped his country qualify for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and is now within touching distance of a title that would put him in the dicussion for the Ballon D'or after a stunning season with Liverpool.

Although he was largely ineffective throughout the semi-final, Mané helped Senegal to qualify for the final of the Africa Cup of Naions - a title that would not only be huge for a country that haven't won it before, but would also help keep Mané in the fight for the next Ballon D'or.

If Alisson, who triumphed with Brazil in the Copa America, is being included in Ballon D'or discussions, the impact of Mané, who enjoyed an outstanding season with Liverpool, cannot be forgotten.

As well as winning the Champions League, the forward was the top scorer in the Premier League and was named in the Premier League and Champions League teams of the season as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the league title.

An impressive season that could get a rather fitting ending at the AFCON. Despite scoring three times in the tournament, he hasn't quite looked himself and has at times looked a bit lost out on the left wing. Furthermore, he has missed two penalties, leading to him stepping aside for the spot-kick awarded to the Senegalese in Sunday's semi-final.

For his club side, he scored 26 goals in all competitions this season as well as registering five assists. He hit a particularly hot run of form between January and March, scoring 11 times in as many games over the two month period.

He played a key role as he won the penalty that Salah converted in the Champions League final and was impressive throughout the whole tournament, scoring a breathtaking goal away at the Allianz as Liverpool beat Bayern in their own backyard. Now, to stay in the race for the Ballon D'or, he has to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

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