It is the dream of every football player to win a Ballon dor award. A lot of players have won this award, since it began in 1956. The majority of the Ballon dor winners are European players, and players who played as forwards. The Ballon dor award is given to the best performing player of the year, and most times, the best performing players are those who scored a lot of goals and won some trophies.
It is mostly the forwards who score the highest goals in a team. This is why they usually emerge as the winners of the Ballon dor. Midfielders and defenders have also won the award severally, but goalkeepers rarely win the Ballon dor award. The only keeper who has won the Ballon Award is Lev Yashin. Lev Yashin won the Ballon dor award in the year 1963.
One of the greatest goalkeepers who should have also won the Ballon dor award is Oliver Kahn. He was nominated twice but did not win the award. For a goalkeeper to win a Ballon dor award, he must win a lot of trophies for club and country. He should also have a lot of clean sheets.
Edouard Mendy's performance this year was amazing. He had a good number of clean sheets and also won the Champions League with Chelsea, but he was not nominated for the Ballon dor award.
The only keeper nominated for the award was PSG goal keeper, Donnarumma. Looking at Donnarumma's record, it is not possible for Mendy to get a Ballon dor nomination. The two reasons why I think Mendy does not deserve a Ballon dor nomination are:
1. He won only one trophy: Mendy won a single trophy this year, while Donnarumma also won a trophy. Both goalkeepers won a single trophy, so the best performing goalkeeper was selected. Let's look at the second reason.
2. Number of clean sheets: This is the main reason why Mendy didn't get the Ballon dor nomination. Donnarumma had 20 clean sheets this year, and because Mendy had a lower number of clean sheets, this makes Donnarumma a better nominee.
If Mendy had won more than two trophies, or had a higher number of clean sheets, he would have surely been a Ballon dor nominee.
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