Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has backed Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or award this year.
When asked if he’ll be frustrated if Messi wins the award, his answer was ‘NO’.
According to him, Lionel Messi deserves to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
Messi had a very good season after helping Barcelona win a second successive league title at the end of last season.
The Argentine international star emerged as the topscorer in both the Spanish La Liga and the Champions League.
Messi was also part of the Argentina squad that reached the semifinals at this summer’s COPA America tournament in Brazil.
The Argentina players were beaten by Brazil in the semifinals before they won third position at the expense of then COPA America champions Chile.
Lionel Messi recently returned to training after a busy summer with the Argentine national team but he will miss the opening Spanish La Liga on Friday.
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao face off in the first game of the new Spanish La Liga season.
For Sadio Mane, he scored 26 goals in all competitions last season and the Liverpool star has continued that form this season after he scored twice during the 2019 Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.