There was outrage in world football as Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy failed to make the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, and was beaten to the Yashin Trophy by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
However, FIFA attempted to put things right, as the Chelsea’s number one received FIFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year on Monday, even though he somehow missed out on the FIFPro XI.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright is proud of the achievement of the Senegal international who’s currently with the Senegal national team at the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
According to Wright, Mendy’s achievement is a big one for Africa.
“Mendy, getting best goalkeeper in the world. Did you see the celebrations when the guys were clapping him in his (Senegal) camp?” asked Wright, proudly.
“What it means to those players, his country, for him to get the best goalkeeper in the world. I’m not sure people understand what that means to an African player.
“You look at where he was six years ago and where he is now and what’s happened. The inspiration that will give to not only goalkeepers in Africa, but goalkeepers in general everywhere.
“Now, I’m delighted he’s been voted the best goalkeeper in the world. It’s an unbelievable story and I want to hear him tell it at some stage. I’d love to hear him tell that story.”