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Sadio Mané, brand new reinforcement of Bayern Munich, was named the best African footballer of the 2021/2022 season by the African Football Confederation. The gala was in the Moroccan city of Rabat.

This recognition is granted by CAF every year, since 1992, and It is called the African Ballon d’Or. since, from 1970 to 1994, the magazine France Football gave a similar award with that designation.

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For get it for the second time in his career, the Senegalese had to share a shortlist with two players from the Premier League. One was his former partner in Liverpool, Egyptian Mohamed Salah, which won the award twice (2017 and 2018). The other was his compatriot Edward Mendy, Chelsea goalkeeperwhich was never named as the best in its continent.

Even so, before these two great players, the main favorite to take it from the beginning was Sadio since he did everything in his power to be the best, both at the club level and the national team.

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In Liverpool, Mane won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup (League Cup), in addition to finishing second in the Champions League and the Premier League. Regarding Senegal, they qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and was crowned African Cup champion for the first time in the country’s historybeing the captain of the team.

The 30-year-old Senegalese spent six seasons at Liverpool.  Photo: AP

The 30-year-old Senegalese spent six seasons at Liverpool. Photo: AP

At the individual level, the man born in Baribali he scored 23 goals in his final year with the Reds. There, at Anfield, he reached his full potential and generated great numbers thanks to the tactical help of Jurgen Klopp, who was a great architect of it. Added to this, won the Champions League 18/19 and the Premier 19/20two historic events for the Merseyside club.

Sadio Mané won the first Africa Cup in the history of Senegal.  Photo: AFP

Sadio Mané won the first Africa Cup in the history of Senegal. Photo: AFP

Currently, Mané will face an upcoming season of adaptation to Germany and his new club, Bayern Munich, where he signed until 2025. However, the African started off on the right foot because, on Wednesday, he already scored his first goal with the German teamin the friendly against DC United.

Bayern Munich acquired Mané for 32 million euros.  Photo: EFE

Bayern Munich acquired Mané for 32 million euros. Photo: EFE

Top award winners

There are only two players who have lifted the African Player of the Year statuette four times: the Cameroonian Samuel Etoo (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010) and the Ivorian Yaya Toure (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

Below them are George Weah (Liberia) and Abedi Pele (Ghana) with three; Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Roger Milla (Cameroon), Thomas N’Kono (Cameroon), Mohammed Salah (Egypt), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria), El Hadji Diouf (Senegal) and Mané (Senegal), with two.

The other winners of the CAF Awards

Nigerian Asisat Oshoala was named the Best African Player of the YearToday, with the recent recognition, he reached five in his career. On the other hand, Senegal was the most successful country, obtaining five prizes: Aliou Cissé as Best African Coach of the YearBest National Team of the Year, Pape Ousmane Sakho for Goal of the Year, Pape Matar Sarr as Best Young Player of the Year and the aforementioned Mané as Best Player of the Year.

Finally, they completed the prizes Desiree Ellis as Best African Coach of the YearWydac AC for Best African Club of the Year, Mohamed El-Shenawy for Best African Player of the Year (based on African leagues), Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC for Best African Women’s Club of the Year and Evelyn Badu for Best Young African Player of the Year. year.

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