Whilst football is most certainly a team game, the individual recognition a player gets is certainly a bonus for them. This is why there always remains such hype around the Ballon d’Or and Player of the Year trophies.
Thus it should come as absolutely no surprise that Twitter has seen some outrage over the recent announcement made by the Professional Footballers Association about the Player of the Year candidates. The list is a pretty solid one for the most part; however, one notable player has been omitted from the nominations.
Sadio Mane, despite being arguably the most key member of Liverpool’s squad, missed out on being nominated for the Player of the Year. Although he will miss out on the rest of the season due to having undergone knee surgery, it’s hard to argue against his nomination given his form for the club.
See the best tweets regarding his omission from the POTY nominations below:
Why on earth has Alexis Sanchez been nominated for PFA player of the year yet Mane hasn't? Having a fucking giraffe
— Simon Peacock (@sim0npeacock) April 13, 2017
Think Saido Mane is very very unlucky not to be nominated for PFA Player of the year. Had a sublime season for @LFC
— Callum Wright (@Mr_CallumWright) April 13, 2017
All biased aside, it's mad that Mané wasn't even nominated…
— The Anfield Truth (@TheAnfieldTruth) April 13, 2017
Mané not getting nominated for POTY shows how unjust the accolade is… basically a popularity contest
— Jackson (@JoeAllen2ft8) April 13, 2017
LFC, top scorers in the league without a single player nominated for PFA Player of the Season. Mané not getting shortlisted is baffling.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) April 13, 2017
Mane scored 4 less than Ibra with 45 less shots, no pens, playing on the wing and was injured for ages & Ibra still gets nominated for POTS?
— Jordan Walker (@J0rdanWalker) April 13, 2017
How has Mane not been nominated for PFA player of the year, he's had a fantastic season and for him not to be nominated is a disgrace #LFC
— James (@TheTopKlopp) April 13, 2017
How Sadio Mane didn't get nominated for PFA Player of the year is beyond me and why aren't there ever any defenders
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@ClinicaIGabriel) April 13, 2017
No Sadio Mane on the shortlist? What kind of BS is this? He's literally the beating heart of Liverpool. Should be nominated, no question.
— Pogba's Son (@Muhsin_YA) April 13, 2017
— La Norman Metalhead (@GozTheholtz) April 13, 2017
Mane has equal assists and 1 less goal than Hazard, doesn't take penalties, and spent a month in Africa, and didn't get nominated? LOL
— Yikalo (@Yikalo_Yohannes) April 13, 2017