Updated: Apr 18, 2020
Senegal international Mane has developed into one of Jurgen Klopp’s key players at Anfield since signing from Southampton in 2016.
'If Mane, one day wants to win the Ballon d'Or, he may have to leave Liverpool.' Those were the words of former Senegal international Diomansy Kamara, who is convinced the 27-year-old may need to secure a move away from Anfield to fulfill his ambition. The Reds forward, who finished fourth in the voting for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, reemphasized his desire to become the second African player to win the accolade after George Weah. However, former Fulham, Leicester City and Celtic striker Kamara is not convinced the former Southampton star will be able to secure the prestigious award on Merseyside. 'If Mane, one day wants to win the Ballon d'Or, he may have to leave Liverpool as the club are maybe not the best advocates for him, despite their outstanding performances,' Kamara told ESPN. 'He needs to continue on the road he's going down, as he wasn't too far from finishing on the podium, and even for me he maybe deserved to win it this year. 'Now he needs to continue to work, and maybe even change clubs, because we've seen that Liverpool don't really play to Mane's strengths and [people] gave their votes to Virgil van Dijk even though Mane and to a lesser extend Mohamed Salah were equally in the running.'
Kamara also said he would love to see his compatriot Mane join LaLiga giants Real Madrid. 'Considering his value in the market, considering the quality of the side he's playing in, there aren't many other clubs he could go to today to make a major leap,' Kamara added. 'So we have to talk about Real Madrid. 'His style of play is a bit closer to the criteria they're looking for over there, and if I was his agent, I'd take him to Spain. 'Barcelona as well,' he said. 'In France, Paris Saint-Germain, and in Italy, it would have to be Juventus; I can't see him going to any of the other clubs.'
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