Great craftsmen or even heroes of the qualification of Manchester City and Chelsea in the final of the Champions League, Algerian Mahrez and Senegalese Edouard Mendy have probably taken a good lead in the nomination of the best African player for 2021 and the succession of the Ballon d’or Sadio Mané. In the lead-up to the CAF Awards ceremony in January 2022, they still have to take care of their statistics with a duel that promises to be decisive for the trophy with big ears.
The Champions League final between Manchester city and Chelsea on May 29 in Istanbul, will look like the final between Senegal and Algeria, last finalists of the last football CAN. It will be effective with Ryad Mahrez and Edouard Mendy, great craftsmen and even heroes of the qualification of their team in the final. In the same vein, these two players launched the duel in the race for the awarding of the future African Golden Ball, which would recognize the best African player in 2021.
A pillar of this Algerian team, crowned African champion of 2019, Mahrez has opened the way to the succession of Sadio Mané at the Ballon d’or. Compared to other contenders such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané or Idrissa Gana Guèye, he seems to be taking a good lead following his successful series with Manchester City. A true executioner of Paris Saint-Germain, the Fennecs striker alone managed to put the gang to Neymar, Mbappé and Idrissa Gana Gueye on his knees with a sensational performance. He now has to get his hands on the prestigious European trophy to give colours to a good season but above all to position himself as the big favourite in the succession of the Ballon d’or Sadio Mané. Already crowned in 2017 following the title of Premier League champion that he gave to Leicester during the 2016 season with the trophy of best player of the season, Ryad Mahrez presents good assets.