Liverpool star Sadio Mane is tipped for the Ballon d’Or ahead of Mohamed Salah and favorites Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi unlikely to win


Sadio Mane has been tipped to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski and his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah.

Benzema has been in stunning form for Real Madrid this season, scoring 41 goals so far in 41 games.

Benzema once again showed his class on the biggest stage
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It’s the Frenchman’s best comeback in a campaign, and afterwards he’s an early favorite for the prestigious award.

He spearheads Madrid’s bid to win a 14th Champions League title, which would be Benzema’s fifth.

The hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, plus two in the 4-3 semi-final first leg thriller with Man City, were invaluable to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

But the 34-year-old will likely face stiff competition from other top European stars.

What is certain, however, is that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are unlikely to be in contention.

Lewandowski was unlucky to miss in previous years, having been a shoo-in in 2020 before the award was cancelled.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane is tipped for the Ballon d'Or ahead of Mohamed Salah and favorites Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi unlikely to win
Lewandowski will be in contention for the Ballon d’Or again this year
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Liverpool star Sadio Mane is tipped for the Ballon d'Or ahead of Mohamed Salah and favorites Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi unlikely to win
Salah has arguably been the best player in the world for the past 18 months but could miss the prize
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Liverpool are bidding for an unprecedented treble and some of their players will be hard to ignore.

Salah has scored 32 goals for club and country so far this season, while Mane has 22 but crucially beat his team-mate to Africa Cup of Nations glory earlier this year.

And former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has explained why his advice would be Mane for the Ballon d’Or.

“We’ll probably watch Benzema and Lewandowski, but I’m watching Sadio Mane,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast.

“He won the Africa Cup of Nations, had a chance to win the Premier League, won the Carabao Cup and could win the FA Cup and the Champions League and he’s scored a lot of goals this season.

“I know we are watching Benzema, but if they [Real Madrid] to be knocked out by Man City, so I think Mane would be the favorite to get it.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane is tipped for the Ballon d'Or ahead of Mohamed Salah and favorites Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi unlikely to win
Mane is Agbonlahor’s tip for the Ballon d’Or
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“I look at the way the Ballon d’Or is awarded, it also includes trophies. Sadio Mane winning the Africa Cup of Nations, I would put him above Mo Salah as well.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony won’t take place until October, so there’s still plenty of time for more twists in the race ahead.

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