Thiago Silva Says Sadio Mane Should Win the 2019 Ballon d’Or

Thiago Silva and Sadio Mane

Thiago Silva and Sadio Mane

The PSG star said Sadio Mane is “almost a perfect player” and therefore deserves to be in the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

“Sadio Mane is a world-class player. He is almost perfect. He moves very fast, controls the ball well and is very intelligent in his movements,” he said.

Some might say this is a controversial statement because the PSG star put Sadio Mane before Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both Ronaldo and Messi have been serious contenders for the Ballon d’Or, although Luca Modric broke that streak in 2018.

Sadio Mane Champions League celebration

Sadio Mane faced Thiago Silva in the 2018 Champions League clash before going to win the competition. Perhaps this is when the PSG defender was impressed with Sadio’s performance.

Sadio Mane’s performance was stunning last season with 26 goals in all competitions. The 27-year-old on his way to another great season with Liverpool as he netted 8 goals so far. Since joining Liverpool his transfer market value has increased to €108.0M and has proved to be an important attacker for the team.

Sadio Mane transfer market value