Sadio Mane, the Bayern Munich attacker, has tipped Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior to win the Ballon d’Or in the near future.
The Senegalese hailed the Brazilian, whom he clashed with in a friendly match on Tuesday.
The Lions of Teranga were able to beat Brazil 4-2 in the friendly, and the Bayern forward heaped praise on the 22-year-old after the game.
“For me, Vinicius Jr is in the top 3 in the world right now. I think he will keep this level and, of course, win the Ballon d’Or,” Mane told TNT Sports.
Vinicius scored 23 goals and provided 21 assists in 55 games across competitions for Real Madrid in the just-concluded season.
The winger has become Real Madrid’s protagonist with his quick feet, agility, and eye for goal, which have caused havoc for opposition defenders throughout the season.