Ballon d'Or: Didier Drogba drums support for Sadio Mane and Mo Salah

Ballon d'Or: Didier Drogba drums support for Sadio Mane and Mo Salah

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed two players he will be supporting to emerge victorious in this year’s Ballon d’Or.

The 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d'Or 2019 was unveiled on Monday, October 21, by France Football and the winner will be made public on December 2.

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Speaking on set of L'Equipe moments after the nominees were released, the Ivorian icon Drogba revealed he was backing the two worthy ambassadors of Africa- Mane and Salah to emerge the winner of the most prestigious individual football awards.

"Mo Salah and Sadio Mane … my two darlings," stressed the ex-Ivorian striker, who also plied his trade with Guingamp, Marseille, Chelsea and Galatasaray among others.

Interestingly, Drogba will have the honour to present the Ballon d'Or 2019 to the winner on December 2, at the Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris.

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At the last count, Drogba was nominated eight times in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 for the Golden Ball. reported earlier that Super Eagles and Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze made the 10-man shortlist for the prestigious 2019 Kopa Trophy.

According to list of nominees released by France Football on Monday night, October 21, the 20-year-old Chukwueze will be vying to be the best U21 player in global football.

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