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Mane joins Ronaldo, Messi for UEFA Champions League awards battle

Timothy Aiyeku

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Liverpool Sadio Mane has now joined the list of those that have been pencilled down for the UEFA Champions League award ahead.

The Senegal international will now battle Barcelona Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo for the UEFA Champions League player of the week.

This is after the starve player bagged a brace against Bayern Munich to help his side with a historic qualification to the Champions League quarterfinals.

Sadio Mane did not only score a brace but he was instrumental in ensuring that his side secures a 3-1 win in Germany after a goalless draw at the Anfield in the first leg of the round of 16.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona was also instrumental for his La Liga outfit’s qualification to the next round as they destroyed Ajax by 6-1 while Cristiano Ronaldo also scored a hat trick against Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

However, all of the four English Premier League clubs, including Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham have now qualified to the Champions League quarter-finals which speak well of the standard and quality in the league.

However, a draw is expected for the next round with suggestions that two Premier League sides will have to face each other.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.