Liverpool and Senegal winger, Sadio Mane, has expressed gratitude to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for voting him number one for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
Naija News reported that Messi beat Virgil van Dijk who came second and close rival Cristiano Ronaldo who came third to win the award.
Sadio Mane finished fifth just behind club teammate Mohammed Salah, who came fourth.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Mane said: “It’s a great compliment when Messi votes for you.
“If you look at where I’ve come from, it shows I’ve come quite far. Without being for a long time at an academy, I got here.
“All I can say [to kids] is to keep working hard and go for your dream.”
Asked if he would vote for Messi if given the chance, Mane joked: “Yes, for sure…after Virgil [Van Dijk]. No, Virgil is a great, great player but sorry Virgil, it has to be Messi before you.”