Didier Drogba agrees with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger over 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Comment Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane is up for the award (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier in the month, Arsenal legend Wenger was asked who should win the Ballon d’Or award and said: ‘Mane was the outstanding character.ADVERTISEMENT‘I would say – because he is a fighter… and efficient. He’s not scared of anybody. At the moment, he deserves huge credit.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or but Chelsea hero Drogba also believes Mane deserves the accolade.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked for his favourite to win the award, Drogba told Paris Match: ‘Sadio Mane.‘For the AFCON, the Champions League, and the league championship. What he does in the Premier League, very few players are able to do it.‘It is possible, but it would have been possible [for others to win] well before. There are many players who have represented well the African continent, like Samuel Eto’o. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Advertisement Advertisement Didier Drogba has agreed with Arsene Wenger over the 2019 Ballon d’Or award (Picture: Getty)Didier Drogba has endorsed Arsene Wenger’s view that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane should win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Senegal star Mane has developed into one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Southampton three years ago.The 27-year-old has scored 68 goals in 137 appearances for the Reds and helped the club win the Champions League and finish second in the Premier League last season. Arsene Wenger believes the Reds star has done enough this year (Picture: Getty)‘What is a pity is that when we talk about African players, we talk about the continent, we do not speak of a country.‘We will never say ‘Kylian Mbappe represents the European continent’. It is a small shift [in mentality] that is present.‘But to return to the question, it would be really nice that Sadio, or even Salah and Aubameyang continue to raise their level of play to hope to win this trophy.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves
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Quite possibly no one is more excited than Ron Baechle.When you go to your first Blues game you encounter the usual: pregame videos to pump up the crowd, games played on the Jumbotron, goal songs and celebrity sightings — in St. Louis, that means the likes of Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer and Nelly. All those traditions span across the other 30 NHL arenas, but there’s one that’s very specific to St. Louis. You see, Baechle is “The Towel Man,” and after every Blues goal, under a spotlight, he leads 19,000 fans in counting how many goals the Blues have scored and then throws a towel to the crowd below. MORE: Jim and Pam from ‘The Office’ a house divided over Bruins vs. Blues”Twenty-nine years ago when we went to Peoria [Illinois] to watch the Rivermen, which was the farm team associated with the Blues,” Baechle told Sporting News while standing under the Al MacInnis statue outside Enterprise Center, “a gentleman by the name of Pete Martin would stand up and wave a towel, and it was neat and then after four, five, six and you’ve seen 10,000 people counting these goals, it was like, this is pretty cool.buddy and I had seats in towel man’s section at the blues game last night! 🏒🏒 pic.twitter.com/pUmHvX1ZWD— Rob Woke Up And Its 2019 (@STLHometownHero) March 12, 2017″So we brought it back. We talked about it. I walked around the section I was in and talked to about a dozen people, and said, ‘They do this in Peoria, we’re going to try and start it here.’ So we started doing it.”I had partial season tickets so it took about three years for it to catch on. You could see it build from section to section to section because there was no Jumbotron; you had to just see what was going on beside you. So the third year it completely made it all the way around the arena and it just started to become something fun and a tradition.”Towel Man is a Blues tradition. At Game 4, little kids shyly asked for his autograph, adult fans went up to him to take a picture with him.”I remember as a kid the Towel Man before he was official,” Dr. Naomi Copeland — who traveled down from Chicago to attend the game with her father — said after taking a picture with him for the first time. “This guy up in the nosebleed section coming out after every goal with his towel shouting how many [goals] we had, then throwing his towel with enthusiasm.”He’s now officially a part of Blues history and Blues fandom.” As you walked closer to the arena, you could begin to hear the chanting — “Let’s Go Blues” and “We want the Cup.”The fans went home happy that night after watching their Blues secure the franchise’s first home win in a Cup Final. Now, after a 2-1 victory in Game 5 over the Bruins in Boston, a city that has been waiting 52 years for a championship may just get its wish.How to watch Bruins vs. Blues Game 6″The Cup will be in the building. It’s the closest my team has ever come,” fan Brad Lee noted via text message Friday. “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and this time it doesn’t feel like an oncoming freight train. I’m optimistic, which is a weird feeling as a Blues fan.”I’ve been a fan for 30 years. I’ve often joked I have always loved the team and it hasn’t always loved me back. It feels different this time. It feels like this is it. And then we will all cry.”The Game 6 edition of our fan-run program is in work. You could call it a can’t miss. Hard copies will be available all afternoon Sunday, but you can get the PDF Saturday afternoon anywhere in the world for $4. Email gtbradlee at gmail for details. pic.twitter.com/PD5BBO9bSs— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) June 7, 2019A victory by the longest-tenured team that has never won the Stanley Cup would register well beyond the borders of Missouri. St. Louis Game Time, a 24-page fan-run paper that has been sold outside Enterprise Arena for almost 20 years, has readers across the globe — in Seattle, Miami, Afghanistan and Japan. For Lee, who has served as the publisher since 2013, this moment is one that seemed impossible just six months ago.MORE: The Blues are in the Stanley Cup Final and we’re just as surprised as you”There was a very rough stretch, it basically stretched from December into February because, you know, a lot of people didn’t know if it was real or not,” Lee said at the Game Time tailgate prior to Game 4. “There was a tweet we sent out the first week of January and it was, basically, we were watching the postgame show with (Blues Hall of Famer) Bernie Federko on Fox Sports Midwest and he said, ‘You know what? Maybe this win means they’re turning the corner.'”I quoted him and said, ‘I can’t believe they say they’re turning the corner.’ And people were responding that when they won the Western Conference, like, ‘Oh, that aged well,’ and I was like, it was January. How much has happened between January and now? A lot.”By the by, this is from January 3rd. That’s not the mythical Philly game. It’s a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Caps. So if we’re looking for a monkey’s paw…— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) May 18, 2019It is a pretty good story. As everyone has heard by now, the Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo in November, hired Craig Berube, still struggled and were dead last in the NHL on Jan. 3. Then, as Federko said, they turned the corner, winning 11 consecutive games. They finished third in the Central Division and defeated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks in the West playoffs on their road to the Stanley Cup Final.”I moved here in 1973. I’ve been a season ticket holder since ’74,” Dr. Garry Vickar told Sporting News outside the arena on Monday. “I grew up in Canada, in Saskatchewan, dreaming about being at an NHL game. To me, being at an NHL game was at first a dream. Now, a Stanley Cup … tremendously exciting.” (Jackie Spiegel) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/78/towel-man-fan-blues-060819-jackie-spiegel-ftrjpeg_1ntspwx6fy8wp17eep3jufyj7k.jpeg?t=956049915&w=500&quality=80 Blues fandom runs deep. It stretches generations and across the globe. Fans came from Israel, Chicago and even Boston.”I’ve been going to hockey games with my dad since I was a little kid and when we saw that this was happening, first of all, this is once in a lifetime,” said Kari Ceicys, who flew in from the Bruins’ hometown for Game 3. “First time in 49 years, last time was against the Bruins with the big old Bobby Orr, so I wanted to be a part of that magic and really wanted to get behind the team, the boys in blue. When we found that this was going to happen we were going, we were going. There was no other options about it.”The Enterprise Center has definitely been rocking. These fans have been waiting for this moment since the city was granted an expansion franchise to begin play in the 1967-68 season. ST. LOUIS — It wasn’t even 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, and Market Street, one of the roads that run parallel to Enterprise Center, was packed.There may have been two hours until puck drop for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, but Blues fans were out in full force. There were Tarasenkos and Twists, Hulls and a lot of MacInnises; fans with hair painted blue standing in front of a statue of Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis, sporting a Blues jersey. (Getty Image) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/93/st-louis-blues-fans-060819-getty-ftrjpeg_42xt20plcm2m1n1z0pyeemnla.jpg?t=958206771&w=500&quality=80 MORE: SN Q&A with former Blues enforcer Cam Janssen”The fact that we’re in a Stanley Cup, I mean this is the pinnacle,” Towel Man said with a smile. “Such a great story, this team, this year that we need to finish the book. . . . When the NFL, unjustifiably so, took a football team away from us [when the Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2016], it was so nice to see the baseball team coordinate with the hockey team and become, if we’re not hockey we’re baseball. . . . They’ve got a great model to come after [since the Cardinals won a World Series in 2011].”But a Stanley Cup would just mean so much, so much to this city.”