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‘Liverpool are better, Mane doesn’t need Barca to win Ballon d’Or’

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Sadio Mane has no reason to join Barcelona, with the Senegalese boasting better chances of a Ballon d’Or win at Liverpool, as per John Aldridge.

Sadio Mane has transformed into one of the world’s best attackers since he joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016.

In that duration, the 28-year-old has scored 77 goals and supplied 34 assists in 161 appearances for the club.

Mane has also been an influential figure in the Red’s resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, while also winning the golden boot as well as the African Player Of The Year award since joining Liverpool.

His brilliant displays have seen him strongly linked to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, with rumors saying he could be in search of a new challenge.

After a spectacular campaign last term, Mane finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or final lists, with many names openly saying he should have won the award ahead of Messi.

Mane continues to be linked with a move from Liverpool but ex-Reds player John Aldridge claims Liverpool are better than Barcelona and the Senegalese would have to conquer Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award.

The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo: “The release of the documentary tracking the career and life story of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has got people talking.

“Not least the part where he makes a vow to people in his Senegalese home town that he will win the Ballon d’Or.

“Mane has probably been our best player this season. And what’s more, he can get even better next season and perhaps even win the Champions League again.

“What’s more, Liverpool are a better team than either Barcelona or Real at present.

“When things are going well, you just have to enjoy it, and I’m sure Mane has been over the past 18 months.

“And don’t forget, even if the Reds forward moves to Barcelona, for example, he’d still have to overcome Messi.

“Mane can win the Ballon d’Or as he’s a great player. And he has as much chance winning it while at Liverpool than anywhere else.”