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​Mane happy for Benzema to win Ballon d'Or - if Liverpool claim Champions League

Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane would be happy to see Karim Benzema win the Ballon d'Or.

The two are among the favorites to win the individual honor after their stellar seasons for club and country respectively.

Benzema is currently the favorite, as his goals have guided Real Madrid to La Liga and the Champions League final.

Mane, meanwhile has won the African Cup of Nations, Carabao Cup, FA Cup, finished second in the Premier League, and is in the Champions League final.

He was asked by Reds legend Jamie Carragher for the Daily Telegraph: "If we can sort it so that Karim Benzema gets the Ballon d'Or but you get the Champions League trophy, what would you say?"

"I would shake hands on that right now," Mane replied.

He then added: "But then I would say it will be even better if I take both the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or!

"Honestly, it has never been something that bothered me. My dream was always to win a trophy with my national team.

"We had never won the Afcon (African Cup of Nations) before this year. Diouf always said that if he had the choice he would swap his two African Player of the Year awards for one African Nations Cup.

"That was always the most important trophy. But of course, you dream of the Ballon d'Or, too. It would be a pleasure."

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