Chelsea star Edouard Mendy has been named FIFA’s best goalkeeper of 2021.
The Senegalese beat Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and PSG ace Gianluigi Donnarumma to the award.
He was instrumental in helping the Blues win the Champions League last season, keeping nine clean sheets in 12 games and conceding only three goals.
The 29-year-old also became the first African goalkeeper in Champions League history to win the competition. Signed for only £22 million from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2020, Mendy has firmly established himself in Chelsea’s XI from the get-go.
His talismanic performances have alleviated all of their goalkeeping troubles, with Mendy putting up solid performances between the posts.
Chelsea have experienced a wonderful night at FIFA’s The Best awards.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel also won the Manager of the Year award after the club’s triumph over Manchester City in the Champions League.
Upon accepting the award, Tuchel said: “I enjoy the journey and I enjoy the club. At the moment, this is a good fit.
“The company on the journey is so, so good. I’m grateful to have such support around me and to feel so good in such a competitive club.
“We’ve lost a bit of ground to Manchester City in the league but in any other competitions, we still follow our goals.” said the Chelsea boss.
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