Lionel Messi said it was a shame that Senegalese and Liverpool player, Sadio Mané finished fourth in the recently held Ballon D’Or at Paris.
Messi beat Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo to win his sixth Ballon D’Or award on Monday.
Van Dijk came second after the Argentine, Ronaldo was third while Mané was fourth.
Mané was Messi’s pick for the prestigious award as the Senegalese has been in terrific form in the recent years.
“It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place,” Messi told Canal+ as quoted by Goal.
“But I think there have been a lot of great players this year. That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mane because he’s a player that I like.
“Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him.
“I repeat, there were a lot of very great players this year, so the choice was difficult,” said Messi.
Mané is one of the most prominent strikers in Liverpool and had helped the club win the Champions League and finished second in Premier League in 2018.
The Senegalese has currently scored 13 goals and assisted seven in 21 appearances for the Reds so far this season.