Arsenal legend Ian Wright has paid tribute to ‘inspirational’ Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who was recently named as the best goalkeeper in the world by FIFA.
Mendy’s development is even more impressive given the 29 year old almost walked away from the sport in 2016 as he was not able to find a new club.
A lack of options also saw Mendy queue at a local job centre in Normandy just six years ago, with his hopes of making it as a professional footballer appearing bleak.
“Let’s talk about Mendy getting best the goalkeeper in the world [award],” Wright said on his Ringer FC podcast.
“Did you see the celebrations when the guys were clapping him in the Senegal camp?
“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.
“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.”