Mendy hits out after Ballon d'Or snub

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Senegal and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has made a bold suggestion as to why he was left out of the 30-man nominees shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d'Or. 

The former Rennes shot-stopper had a largely impressive 2021, winning the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Best UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season award, but that was seemingly not enough to merit him a place among the contenders for the Golden Ball. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see the nine goalkeepers who have been nominated alongside Mendy for France Football's Yashin Trophy this year

Five of Mendy's Blues teammates made the shortlist, namely Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Romelu Lukaku, who won the Serie A title with Inter Milan earlier this year. 

His compatriots Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane have both commented on the 29-year-old being overlooked for the prestigious prize, respectively describing his snub as a "shame" and "unacceptable". 

Mendy has now suggested that if he had switched his allegiance from Senegal to France, he probably would have been shortlisted for the accolade this year. 

"It's something that motivates me and pushes me to work. Honestly, I am wondering," he said in a Canal+ broadcast when asked about the snub. 

"If I had played for France and had taken part in the [2020 UEFA European Championship], would we have this debate and this reflection?"

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Mendy has, however, been nominated alongside nine other goalkeepers for France Football's Yashin Trophy, an award given to the best goalkeeper in the world for the year, according to their criteria.  

Liverpool's Alisson Becker was the accolade's first recipient in 2019, and it was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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