Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has damaged his silence on being snubbed for the Ballon d’Or 2021 shortlist. Mendy believes it wasn’t an “injustice” and as an alternative mentioned it could encourage him to proceed his wealthy vein of kind.
The shortlist for this yr’s Ballon d’Or has been debated fairly extensively over the past month. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho and Robert Lewandowski are the headline names on the checklist. The likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne and Kylian Mbappe are additionally within the operating for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
However, some of the notable absentees was Mendy. The 29-year-old gained the Champions League with Chelsea through the 2020-21 marketing campaign and likewise added the UEFA Super Cup at the beginning of the 2021-22 season. As such, many believed this was sufficient to advantage a Ballon d’Or nomination.
Mendy was particularly essential to the Blues’ Champions League success, maintaining 9 clear sheets in 12 matches. He conceded simply three objectives general and managed a shutout within the remaining as effectively.
Mendy’s absence from the Ballon d’Or shortlist was not effectively obtained by a few of his teammates. His Senegal compatriots Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane appeared notably sad with the goalkeeper’s omission.
Koulibaly known as it a “real shame,” whereas Mane termed it “unacceptable.” Mendy’s Chelsea teammate Antonio Rudiger additionally expressed his shock on the 29-year-old not receiving a nomination for the 2021 Ballon d’Or in a tweet.
Mendy has now opened up on the matter, saying he was “touched” by the messages of assist he obtained.
“I saw the list at the same time as many people, and 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,” Mendy told Canal+ (via Sport Witness).
“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.”
When requested if he felt his omission from the Ballon d’Or shortlist was unjust, Mendy replied within the unfavorable.
“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.”
Edouard Mendy has been in gorgeous kind for Chelsea this season
Edouard Mendy has begun the 2021-22 marketing campaign for Chelsea precisely the place he left off final season. The Senegal worldwide has put in a lot of glorious performances, most just lately in Chelsea’s nervy 1-0 victory over Brentford within the Premier League.
Overall, he has performed in 10 matches for Chelsea this time period and has saved 5 clear sheets. Mendy has conceded simply 5 objectives to date, and has helped Thomas Tuchel’s facet sit atop the Premier League desk with 19 factors from eight matches.