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

ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION

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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