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Opinion: Why Donnarumma Was Given The Yashin Award Instead Of Chelsea's Edouard Mendy


The Ballon D'Or awards were presented yesterday to players who were recognized for their extraordinary ability and contributions to their respective teams' success.

Lionel Messi, the now seven-time Ballon D'Or winner, had a banner year. Former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez won the prize ahead of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who came in second.

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The Yashin award is given to the greatest goalkeeper in the world, and it was won by Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma, who beat Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. It was a tight call, since many football fans felt Edouard Mendy deserved to win the prize.

I believe Gianluigi Donnarumma was chosen for the Yashin prize due of his exceptional individual performance at the Euros 2020 event. Edouard Mendy is also a good goalkeeper, but Chelsea uses a three-centre-back configuration, which means there are five defenders (including the full-backs) in front of the goalie, which helps to keep things stable.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma, on the other hand, has generally played in a two-centre-back configuration, which equals four defenders (plus the full-backs). Donnarumma then had to face multiple penalties in order to win the Euros 2020 tournament, and he made fantastic saves.

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We all know how essential penalties are in goalkeeping, yet Edouard Mendy is only mediocre at them. As a result, Thomas Tuchel will start Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the UEFA Super Cup final versus Villarreal.

These, I believe, are the reasons why Gianluigi Donnarumma was given the Yashin award instead of Edouard Mendy. Both goalkeepers are outstanding, but I believe one has a tiny advantage over the other.

What do you think of my opinion? Kindly endeavour to share your comments via the comment box below, thanks for reading, have a nice day.

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