Jody Morris reacts on social media as Chelsea's Edouard Mendy misses out on first prize

Jody Morris left a comment on Edouard Mendy’s Instagram following the Chelsea goalkeeper’s evening at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Mendy was joined by several fellow Stamford Bridge stars last night as they awaited their names to be called out for individual awards.

Although not physically in attendance at the event, the nominees watched on together via a live link.

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Blues smarten up

Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and Jorginho were all put forward for the main Ballon d’Or award, along with N’Golo Kante, who was not present on the day.

Jorginho finished third behind Robert Lewandowski and eventual winner Lionel Messi.

Kante was not far behind in fifth, with Azpilicueta (29th), Mount (19th) and Lukaku (12th) being placed very respectably as well.

Sam Kerr came third in the Women’s Ballon d’Or rankings, whilst Pernille Harder (7th), Jessie Fleming (9th) and Fran Kirby (10th) made up the Chelsea contingent.

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But there was another, relatively new and exclusive crown, up for grabs.

Mendy overlooked

The Yashin Trophy only came into the equation in 2019, as the competition organisers wanted to include goalkeepers more prominently.

Mendy had his name in the hat for the prestigious accolade, that had previously been held by Liverpool’s Alisson Becker.

Sadly, the honour did not end up in the Senegalese international’s cabinet, instead being handed to Paris Saint-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.

There was an outpour of outrage on social media after Chelsea’s number one missed out on the title.

But the man himself remained gracious in defeat.

“Tonight I feel blessed and grateful,” wrote Mendy in the caption to his Instagram upload, that depicted the 29-year-old all suited and booted.

“Thanks to all your worldwide messages and your endless support.”

In response to the picture, former Chelsea coach Jody Morris let his feelings be known about the awarding of the Yashin prize.

Mario Melchiot, another ex-Blue, also left a sign of support for the ‘keeper.

Mendy can focus instead on the FIFA and Globe Soccer awards, where he is up for Goalkeeper of the Year at both functions.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.