Sadio Mane It may be necessary to leave Liverpool to achieve its ambitions of winning the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in football, according to former Senegalese international Diomansy Kamara.
Mane finished fourth in the vote for the 2019 award, and in a interview with Time on Tuesday he reiterated his desire and outlined his determination to become only the second African player after the respected 1995 George Weah.
However, Kamara, who has enjoyed seven years in English football with Fulham, Leicester City and Celtic, is concerned that the ambitions of his compatriot will not be realized at Anfield.
“If Mane, one day wants to win the Ballon d’Or, he might have to leave Liverpool because the club might not be the best supporter for him, even though their performances were extraordinary,” Kamara told ESPN.
“He needs to continue on the path he is going to take, because he is not too far from finishing on the podium, and even for me he might be worthy of winning this year.
“Now he needs to continue to work, and maybe even change clubs, because we have seen that Liverpool don’t really play for strength and Mane [people] cast their votes for Virgil van Dijk despite Mane and to a lesser extent Mohamed Salah are both running. “
Van Dijk finally finished second in the 2019 Ballon d’Or ballot with 679 points, seven behind the eventual winner Lionel Messi but comfortable in front Cristiano Ronaldo (476 points), Mane (347) and Salah (178).
Kamara acknowledged that several clubs in the world would represent a move for his 27-year-old compatriot given Liverpool’s current position, but he would be happy to see the winner of the Golden Boot Golden Boot ruling out for Real Madrid.
“Considering its value in the market, given the quality of the team he plays, there aren’t many other clubs he can go to today to make a big jump,” Canal + Canal player and analyst Kamara added.
“So we have to talk about Real Madrid.
“His style of playing is a little closer to the criteria they are looking for there, and if I were his agent, I would take him to Spain.
“We all dream of seeing Mane in the colors of Real Madrid, and we know that Zinedine Zidane appreciates it, but will it come true? We have to see it.”
Outside the Bernabeu, there are several other destinations where Kamara believes Mane can come out of van Dijk’s shadow and enjoy more visibility.
“Barcelona too,” he said. “In France, Paris Saint-Germain and in Italy it has to be Juventus; I can’t see it going to other clubs.
“Actually there are only three or four clubs where Sadio can sign but [regardless] he is the pride of all of Africa and we hope he will continue to shine at the forefront for a long time. “
Mane, who was the Champions League winner with Liverpool last season, has scored 14 goals and contributed seven assists in the Premier League this season before the campaign was suspended indefinitely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.