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Tony Cascarino has written in The Times that Sadio Mane’s performance against Everton is the best he has ever seen in the Premier League’s history.
Liverpool’s were in fantastic form against the Toffees, winning 5-2, and the Senegal international was at his brilliant best. He scored once and provided two great assists, and was a menace throughout the 90 minutes for his opponents.
57-year-old Cascarino did not hold back in his appraisal of the 27-year-old, saying: “Since the Premier League began in 1992 I cannot remember seeing as fine a performance as Sadio Mané produced for Liverpool in the first half last night.
“The forward absolutely ripped Everton apart and it was no surprise when the visiting side decided to take off Djibril Sidibé, the right back, before the interval. Mané had absolutely everything: there was movement, desire, vision, brilliant control and a direct approach that caused no end of damage. His passes for two of the goals were fantastic — especially for the first by Divock Origi — and he got on the scoresheet himself.”
Cascarino may be getting ahead of himself in regards to his judgement of the display. Considering the many fantastic performances we have seen down the years – even from Liverpool players, such as Luis Suarez’s four-goal haul against Norwich, for example – it is hard to argue that this is the greatest since 1992.
Having said, there is no doubting that this was a stunning display from Mane. He was magnificent, and deserves the plaudits and credit he will no doubt receive in abundance.
This showing comes after the Ballon d’Or vote on Monday, which saw Lionel Messi take the individual trophy home for the sixth time in his career. The former Southampton forward finished in fourth place, with teammate Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo above him along with the Argentina international.
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Some people in the football were adamant that it was in fact the £108m-valued star – as per Transfermarkt – that deserved to get his hands on the golden ball. Whilst that is down to each person’s own opinion – Messi did score 51 goals in 50 matches last season, in all fairness – Mane has certainly given his own response to being snubbed for the award with this stellar performance.
If he produces many more displays like this over the coming 12 months, he may be on the top spot of the podium next time around.
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