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    Friday, 22 April 2022

    Ballon d'Or warning sent as Liverpool nearing season quadruple

    George Weah has told Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane not to "obsess" over winning the Ballon d'Or


    Mane and Salah both came close to winning the coveted prize in 2019, finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the vote.

    At international level, Mane has excelled this year. The Senegal talisman led his country to victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in February and qualification for this year's World Cup in Qatar. Salah's Egypt were on the losing end in both games against Mane's side.

    Liverpool's quadruple bid may depend on the form of both Africans, as the two have scored 36 Premier League goals between them this season. Salah is the top scorer in the competition with 22 goals and no one has provided more assists than him (12).

    Despite both players enjoying excellent campaigns, Weah - who won silverware at Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea - believes they should ignore the glamour of the Ballon d'Or and continue trying to win trophies for Liverpool.

    Weah, who remains the only African player to win the Ballon d'Or prize, believes the two Liverpool stars should focus on their own performances and individual honours will follow.

    "They shouldn’t obsess over the Ballon d'Or, rather they should focus on their performances and try to improve more," Weah told Canal+. "[Salah and Mane should not] put unnecessary pressure on themselves. I always worked hard to get my family out of poverty, that’s how I was awarded the Ballon d’Or."

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