Our goalkeeper’s journey is even more amazing, given he then dropped out of professional football at the end of that season, not playing a first-team game again until 2016, and he was asked what advice he would give to someone finding themselves in a similar situation in their career.
‘I would just say to keep working, to have faith in your work, believe in yourself,’ he added. ‘When you have an opportunity to show what you can do, to take it and to hug it and to be better and better every day because to find a club is a big start, but to be better and better, I think it’s the most difficult thing. The first competition is against yourself so you have to be better than yesterday and always want to improve.’
Mendy’s journey seems far from over yet, though, as the success keeps coming. Having already won last season’s Champions League, he has enjoyed a dream start to 2022 by playing a big role in Senegal’s first-ever Africa Cup of Nations triumph, before helping Chelsea win the Club World Cup for the first time, all in the space of a week.