Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, former Reds striker John Aldridge has warned Sadio Mane of the potential dangers surrounding a theoretical move to the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid in his quest to win the Ballon d’Or – claiming he has just as good a chance competing for the award at Anfield.
Aldridge, who scored 50 goals in 69 league starts for us during the late 1980s before moving to La Liga himself, claims that a transfer to one of the El Clasico sides doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Mane would be in further contention for a Ballon d’Or nomination.
This comes after the 28-year-old opened up in his recent documentary ‘Made in Senegal’, where he pledged to residents in his hometown that he would one day bring home the coveted prize won by the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Former Liberian international striker George Weah remains the only African player to have ever won the Ballon d’Or, with Mane’s performances over this last season debatably putting him in contention to break that record.
According to Aldridge, the Reds player’s declaration has prompted ‘suggestions‘ that he should join Real or the Catalans in an effort to make his dream a reality – with the Englishman going on to suggest that there is no need for a La Liga move, citing Philippe Coutinho as an example of how it can go wrong.
Once dubbed ‘the new Ronaldo‘ by Netherlands international legend Danny Blind, you could suggest that the best move for Mane right now is staying where he is – especially when Blind tipped the Senegalese star to rival Messi for the Ballon d’Or regardless.