Senegal Edouard Mendy Wins FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award

Senegal Edouard Mendy Wins FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award

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At 29, this marks a great feat for the Senegalese goalkeeper, who guided Chelsea FC of England to win the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup titles in 2021.Senegal Edouard Mendy Wins FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award.

Mendy, born in France for Senegalese parents, crossed a lot of obstacles to reach this level. He waited till the age of 24 to sign his first professional contract for Reims in French Ligue 2.

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Before that, he spent his career in amateur clubs without succeeding in convincing elite clubs, to the level that he wanted to give up football.

Edouard Mendy

Mendy, who was born in France to Senegalese parents, had to overcome several challenges to get to this point. He didn’t sign his first professional deal for Reims in French Ligue 2 until he was 24 years old.

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Usher Komugisha wrote on her Twitter handle “at 22, Edouard Mendy signed up with France’s unemployment agency for a year until he was signed by Marseille on a one-year amateur deal in 2015 as a 4th choice goalkeeper. Fast forward, he’s now the World’s Best Goalkeeper. Never despair. With hard work, everything is possible.”

Prior to it, he spent his career in amateur clubs after failing to persuade elite clubs, to the point where he wanted to retire from football.
Finally, he stayed in the game he loves, rising through the ranks from Reims, a team that is no longer a major player in France, to Chelsea, one of England’s and the world’s most prestigious clubs, via Rennes, the French club that introduced him to European championships.

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Accustomed to difficulties, his first experience in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt 2019 was stopped by a finger injury during the warm-up for the group stage match against Kenya.

But Edouard Mendy came back stronger, regaining his place as Teranga Lions first choice goalkeeper.

His current AFCON appearance was postponed after acquiring COVID-19, but he was cleared medically and could play against Malawi in Bafoussam on Tuesday.

Mendy can brag about the honor while he works to help Senegal, one of the favorites for the TotalEnergies AFCON crown.

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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