Lionel Messi was awarded the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award in 2019 however Alain Giresse maintained that the season for Sadio Mane was better.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was increasingly deserving of the Best FIFA Men’s Player award in 2019 than Barcelona player Lionel Messi, the great Alain Giresse of France put it.
Although controlling Barca to the brilliance of LaLiga and the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, Messi won the accolade for the 6th time back in September – he was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and claimed four Ballons d’Or before being perceived by the overseeing group of world football.
Mane placed fourth in the survey, behind team-mates of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Giresse, who guided Mane during his time in charge of Senegal somewhere in the range of 2013 and 2015, demands that the 28-year-old would have completed top on his way to brilliance in the Champions League after starring for Liverpool.
He said to ESPN: “I ought to have certainly put Sadio Mane ahead of Messi, as far as the season they had last season. At the point when I was Senegal’s head coach, Sadio was as yet youthful however he had enormous potential, technical potential, and moral potential ahead of him to turn into a great player, as he has become today.”
Giresse, who was named French Player of the Year three times during the 1980s, was Tunisia’s head coach until August and would have had the option to cast a ballot.
“I wasn’t having the ballot sheet, and it wasn’t me who cast a ballot [on behalf of Tunisia]. I can’t say who did, however, it wasn’t me,” he said.
Ronaldo was the top pick assigned to Giresse, with Van Dijk second and Messi 6th.
The previous Bordeaux and Marseille midfielder Giresse also guided Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the international level with Gabon.
Aubameyang shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mane and Salah last season and Giresse claims the Arsenal forward is currently among the best in the world.
He said: “At the start of its turn of events, its expansion, and its movement, I launched Pierre-Emerick with the Gabon national team. We can all observe his path and the level he has now reached. We ‘re talking about moving him to Real Madrid so it shows how this player has reached a world-class level, and you could say the same about Sadio.”