Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy has broken his silence over Ballon d’Or’s shortlist for 2021. Mendy believes it wasn’t an “injustice” and instead said it would inspire her to continue her rich veins.
The shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or has been rather widely debated over the past month. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorgenho and Robert Lewandowski are the names on the list. Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Kevin de Bruyne and Killian Mbappe are also in the running for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
However, one of the most notable absentees was Mendy. The 29-year-old won the Champions League with Chelsea during the 2020-21 campaign and also added to the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the 2021-22 season. As such, many believed it was enough to qualify for the Ballon d’Or nomination.
Mendy was particularly important to the Blues’ success in the Champions League, having nine clean sheets in 12 games. He conceded just three goals overall and also managed a shutout in the final.
Mendy’s absence from the Ballon d’Or shortlist was not well received by some of his teammates. His Senegalese compatriots Kalidu Kaulibali and Sadio Mann were particularly unhappy with the goalkeeper’s omission.
Caulibali called it “real shame”, while Mann called it “unacceptable.” Mendy’s Chelsea teammate Antonio Rudigar also lamented in his tweet that he was not nominated for the 2-year-old Ballon d’Or.
Mendy has now opened her mouth about the matter, saying that the message of support she received “touched” her.
“I saw the list like a lot of people at the same time, and I got a lot of messages from people close to me and from some people I didn’t know, so I was really touched by the waves of these messages, whether on the call or on social media.” Mendy told Canal + (via Sport Witness).
“It’s something that’s really huge, it really touched me to a point I didn’t expect. All this affection and recognition keeps me working and getting titles with the club and the country. It’s just happiness and motivation.”
Asked if he thought it was unfair to drop Ballon d’Or from the shortlist, Mendy replied in the negative.
“Do I think it’s unfair? No, I will not use this term. It’s something that inspires me to move forward, to work and perform at club level and with my country and after playing with the national team I said, it’s the freedom of journalists to vote and express themselves and they vote honestly and with integrity. ”
Edward Mendy has been in great form for Chelsea this season
Edward Mendy has started the 2021-22 campaign for Chelsea where he left last season. Senegal have put in some excellent international performances, most recently Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Brentford in the Premier League.
Overall, he has played 10 games for Chelsea during this period and has five clean sheets. Mendy has conceded just five goals so far and has helped Thomas Tuchel’s side to the top of the Premier League table with 1 point from eight matches.