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Kouibaly speaks out after Mendy snub

'Surprised he wasn't included': Napoli star speaks out after teammate's Ballon d'Or omission

October 12, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
The Napoli star was quite surprised and disappointed to see his international colleague not among the 30-man short list for the Ballon d'Or.

With the 30 man list for the upcoming Ballon d'Or out, there was bound to be some surprise omissions.

One of these certainly is Chelsea's Edouard Mendy, who became the first African shot-stopper to win the Champions League this past May. Mendy successfully kept a clean sheet as the Blues won their second Champions League title, beating Manchester City 1-0 thanks to a goal from fellow new signing Kai Havertz.

And it's safe to say that Mendy's international teammate, Kalidou Koulibaly isn't impressed with his colleague's snub from the prestigious list.

"It's a real shame that Edou isn't one of them, [especially as he] is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League," the Napoli star was quoted as saying after Senegal's 4-1 win over Namibia in a World Cup qualifier.

"We must continue to work and move forward. [Unfortunately], we have to do the double [the work] of some people to be well judged, [and] for me [personally I think] that he [should have had] a place among these 30 players". 

Meanwhile, the only goalkeeper included is Gianluigi Donnarumma, formerly of AC Milan and now on the books with PSG. Donnarumma was unable to help Milan win the Scudetto, as they fell off the pace and finished second behind Inter, but played his role in Italy winning the EURO 2020 title this past summer. 

However, given that a goalkeeper hasn't won the coveted prize since Russian shot-stopper Lev Yashin won it in 1963, it's very unlikely that Donnarumma will find himself on the winner's podium, either.

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