Sadio Mane says that it's a "dream" to be nominated for the Ballon D'Or.
Mane is one of the seven Liverpool stars that has been included in the 30-man Ballon D’Or shortlist along with Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum.
"Honestly, as I’ve said, it has always been a childhood dream of mine,” said Mane.
“The fact that I am listed as one of the nominees is due to the fruits of the work that I’ve been putting in for a long time. This is more of a dream than an obsession, I am at the service of the collective first and foremost.
“And if I am able to distinguish myself amongst this collective then of course, the Ballon d’Or, has always been my dream,” added Mane.
“And when a dream comes true, it is always exceptional. All of the Senegalese people, my friends, my family, would be so happy, I would be so happy.”
“I think as I have said it has always been a supplementary source of motivation for me. Eto’o, Drogba, they are legends in Africa and to hear what they are saying about me, it is always nice.”
During this season, Sadio Mane has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances so far for the Reds.