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Mane Deserves More In Balon d’Or Awards — Arsenal Legend, Vieira

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Arsenal legend, Vieira, has said that Liverpool star, Sadio Mane deserved a higher position in the annual football award.

Nice manager Patrick Vieira has labelled Sadio Mane’s fourth-place position at the 2019 Ballon d’Or as “unfair”, saying the Liverpool forward deserved better.

The Senegal international was beaten to the podium by winner Lionel Messi, Reds teammate Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

It came after a season in which Mane scored 22 goals in the Premier League, joint-top scorer with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and four in the Champions League.

“I find it unfair. I find it unfair compared to what he did, compared to the number of games he played, compared to the number of times he was decisive,” the Arsenal legend told RFI.

“Considering the involvement he had had in goals, and importantly the way he behaved on the field, I think he deserved much more than fourth place.”

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