Chelsea goalkeeper comments on his exclusion from Ballon d'Or shortlist.
has been excluded from the 30-man shortlist for the best player of the year. Some believe Mendy’s exclusion from Ballon d'Or shortlist is unacceptable and/or is an act of injustice, however, the Senegalese keeper sees it as a motivation that makes him move forward.
“I saw the list at the same time as many people,"
the 29-year-old told Canal+.
"I got a lot of messages from people close to me and from some I didn’t even know, so I was really touched by this wave of messages I got, whether it be calls or on social media.
"It’s something that’s really huge, it really touched me to a point I wasn’t expecting. All this affection and recognition is what pushes me to work and continue to get titles with club and country. It’s just happiness and motivation.
“Do I think it’s an injustice? No, I wouldn’t use that word. It’s something that motivates me to go forward, to work and be performant at club level and with my country, and as I said after the game with the national team, it’s the journalists’ freedom of vote and expression, and they vote honourably and conscientiously.”
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