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Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has been trending since he wasn’t nominated in the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist.
Despite his heroics for Chelsea in the Champions League last season, the Senegal international wasn’t given due recognition to make the 30-man shortlist.
Chelsea players Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva both slammed the decision, and Liverpool star Sadio Mane was surprised at his exclusion.
Mendy’s top performance in the 1-0 win at Brentford further raised questions of his exclusion from the Ballon d’Or shortlist.
The Chelsea goalkeeper has finally responded to being snubbed for the award as he claimed that it motivates him to do more.
“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,” he told Canal+.
“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.”