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Chelsea’s Mendy has been ‘motivated’ by the snub of the Ballon d’Or.


The goalie was conspicuously absent from the 30-person shortlist for the prize.

Edouard Mendy, the Chelsea goalkeeper, confesses he was surprised to see his name left off the Ballon d’Or shortlist, but the exclusion has only motivated him to accomplish more in the future.

Last season, Mendy had a fantastic debut season at Stamford Bridge, guiding the Blues to Champions League triumph for the second time in club history.

When the final finalists for the usual end-of-year prize were announced, the ex-Rennes man was conspicuously absent.

“It’s something that motivates me and pushes me to work. Honestly, I am wondering,” Mendy explained to Canal Plus.

“If I had played for France and had taken part in the [European Championships], would we have this debate and this reflection?”

Despite his regret, Mendy accepts the outcome of the voting and is now determined to achieve even more for his club and nation.

“Do I think it’s an injustice? No, I wouldn’t use that word,” he added.

“It’s something that motivates me to go forward, to work and to perform at club level and with my country.

“As I said after the game with the national team, it’s the journalists’ freedom of vote and expression, and they vote honourably and conscientiously.”

The 2021 Ballon d’Or shortlist contained a total of 30 players.
Only one goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma of Paris Saint-Germain, is on the list, and he was rewarded for his heroics in helping Italy win Euro 2020 this summer.
While Mendy did not make the cut, many of his Chelsea teammates did.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, and Jorginho are among the 30, with the latter playing a key role in Italy’s Euro win.
Prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, Romelu Lukaku led Inter to the Serie A title in 2020-21.


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