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President Macky Sall of Senegal has praised Sadio Mane following his fourth-place finish at the 2019 Ballon D’or ceremony.

Mane was nominated for the individual prize following his impressive outing for Liverpool and Senegal in the year under review.

During Monday’s ceremony in Paris, he finished fourth behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

That position remains the best a Senegalese has achieved in the history of the awards.

“My dear Sadio. By my voice, Senegal expresses its encouragement and congratulations for this place in the top four for the Ballon d’Or 2019,” Sall tweeted in French.

The example of self-sacrifice and of perseverance that was your creed will allow you, we’re sure, to conquer this trophy. Bravo!”

Source: Macky_Sall @ Twitter
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