Patrice Evra claims Edouard Mendy was snubbed for Lev Yashin trophy because he is African
‘We are the apes’: Patrice Evra claims Edouard Mendy was snubbed for this year’s Ballon d’Or goalie award because he is African after the Senegalese – who helped Chelsea win the Champions League – was beaten by Gianluigi Donnarumma
- Patrice Evra says Edouard Mendy did not win Lev Yashin trophy due to race
- Mendy was overlooked for the award, which was won by Gianluigi Donnarumma
- Mendy scored just four goals as the Blues won the Champions League last season
- Speaking on Instagram, Evra criticized attitudes towards African football
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has sensationalized the decision not to award Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy the Lev Yashin Trophy for 2021 was racially motivated.
Despite winning the Champions League and producing incredible performances for the Blues over the past 12 months, Mendy was ignored at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday in Paris.
Instead, the prize went to Gianluigi Donnarumma after helping Italy win two shots on goal en route to this summer’s European Championships.
Patrice Evra says decision not to award Edouard Mendy the Lev Yashin Trophy was racially motivated
The prize went to Gianluigi Donnarumma after helping Italy win the Euro earlier this year
Evra appeared to suggest Mendy came in second because he is African and “we are the apes”
Mendy finished second behind Donnarumma, who now plays for his football club for Paris Saint-Germain after leaving AC Milan this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak in third.
But, speaking on Instagram, Evra appeared to suggest that the reason Mendy was snubbed was because of his race and not because Donnarumma was more worthy of the award.
He also criticized attitudes towards the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins in Cameroon on January 9.
The 40-year-old said: “Also the goalkeeper… what about Edouard Mendy? You know, but of course Africa Cup we are the apes so nobody respects this competition.
“We are the only competition where you have to leave your club, go for three weeks and play this cup because in Africa we always have a little space.
“But things will change, things will change.”
Mendy was born in France but plays his international football for Senegal while Evra was born in Senegal but has represented France. Mendy has won 16 caps for the African nation and is expected to play for them in the Africa Cup of Nations.
He’s been imperious between the posts for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side this year, conceding just four goals as the Blues won the Champions League last season.
Mendy conceded just four goals as Chelsea won the Champions League last season
Evra was also furious that Lionel Messi had been crowned Ballon d’Or winner for the seventh time, with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski being overlooked.
The decision to award the prize to Messi has divided football. He won a first Copa America title with his country in 2021 and was also La Liga’s top scorer for the 2020-21 season with 30 goals as Barcelona finished third.
The 34-year-old also helped Barca win the Copa del Rey before joining PSG for a free transfer this summer.
But most expected the prize to go to Lewandowski after maintaining the incredible scoring form that made him a favorite for last year’s prize before he was dropped.
The Poland international, 33, finished second after scoring 38 goals in 30 league appearances for Bayern in 2021, in addition to winning the Bundesliga.
Evra was also furious that Lionel Messi (left) beat Robert Lewandowski (right) at the Ballon d’Or
“I feel so sorry for him (Lewandowski),” Evra continued.
“They even had to create a little trophy for him because, you know, they feel guilty and they know it’s corruption.
“Open your eyes people. I’m not the type to say who deserves it or not but I think everyone agrees. Theft, theft, theft. People don’t agree.
“Why are we lying to the fans? I have nothing against Lionel Messi. My problem is with these massive and corrupt football organizations and that’s enough.
“They gave Lewandowski a trophy that looked like old vinyl. It’s not funny. Messi hasn’t had a bad season. If you see his stats, he hasn’t had a bad season.
“But I’m sorry that Lewandowski this year, even last year, was the best.”