Sadio Mane Profile
|Born||Apr 10, 1992|
From Sédhiou in Senegal to the peak of world soccer. Sadio Mane's career is an incredible success story which is far from over. Planet Sport takes a look at his journey so far.
Mane currently plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League. Although a winger by trade, he is a prolific goalscorer and has been labeled a 'complete' player by his peers.
Devastating speed, sublime skill, clever tactical awareness and superb balance make him a tough opponent for any defender, while his defensive work ethic marks him out as a real team player.
Mane made his professional debut for French club Metz in 2012 before signing for Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg in August of that year.
He made a name for himself at the Red Bull Arena, scoring 45 goals in 87 appearances, and Southampton came calling in the summer of 2014.
He again enjoyed success with the Saints, earning a big-money move to Liverpool in June 2016. The Merseysiders paid $46million - the highest fee for an African player at the time.
He has gone on to shine at Anfield, scoring with regularity while also providing many assists for his fellow forwards.
Mane has won the Premier League with Liverpool while also lifting the Champions League trophy, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. He claimed the Austrian Bundesliga title and the Austrian Cup while at Salzburg.
For his work during the 2018/19 season, Mane finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or voting and placed fifth in The Best FIFA Men's Player award.
He has been a regular for the Senegal national side since 2012 and helped them finish runners-up in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Career with Liverpool
Mane was signed by Jurgen Klopp in June 2016 and, having scored 13 goals in 27 Premier League appearances during his first campaign, was named the club's Player of the Season in May 2017.
Already a player to get the Anfield faithful on their feet, his status grew when scoring the only goal of the game in the Merseyside Derby against Everton in December 2016.
The 2017/18 season saw Mane start to assert himself in Europe, with 10 goals in 13 Champions League outings.
In February 2018, he became only the second player to score an away hat-trick in the Champions League when bagging three against Porto.He also scored in the final but Liverpool went down 3-1 to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The forward scored 10 league goals that term but upped that number to 22 in 2018/19, sharing the Premier League Golden Boot Award with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He also played his part with four goals as the Reds went one better to win the Champions League. He penned a new long-term deal with the club in November 2018 and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
The 2019/20 campaign began with Mane named man of the match after scoring twice in the final of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup as Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties.
On December 2, he finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or before scoring twice and providing two assists in a 5-2 Merseyside Derby triumph two days' later.
Mane then set up the winning goal for Roberto Firmino as Liverpool beat Brazilian club Flamengo to win the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup.
The season ended with Mane lifting the Premier League trophy in the summer, after the COVID-19 pandemic had halted the campaign earlier in the year.
He scored 18 league goals and 22 in total during the truncated season while he was also named PFA Fans' Player of the Year.
Mane has improved dramatically under the guidance of Klopp and, having added goals to his game at Liverpool, is now one of the most feared players in the world game.
Mane joined Southampton from Salzburg in September 2014 while Ronald Koeman was at the helm. Saints paid $16million and he penned a four-year contract at St Mary's.
He immediately made an impact, registering an assist on his Premier League debut against Queens Park Rangers on September 27 while scoring his first goal the following month.
Mane bagged 10 top-flight goals in 30 outings that campaign. He saved his best until last, scoring the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history when finding the net three times in two minutes 56 seconds in a 6-1 win over Aston Villa on May 16, 2015.
His one blemish was being dropped for the home defeat to Liverpool in February after turning up late to the stadium.
The 2015/16 season saw Southampton play in the Europa League, with Mane scoring in the second leg of the third qualifying round clash against Vitesse Arnhem.
It was another solid season on the south coast, with 11 league goals and 15 in total.
He did blot his copybook when being dropped by Koeman for the second time for turning up late to a pre-match meeting in January 2016, while he received his first red card in English soccer against Stoke City in March.
International career with Senegal
Mane was part of the Senegal side that played in the 2012 London Olympic Games and has been a consistent performer for his country ever since. He has scored at least one goal for his nation every year since his debut.
Having initially been ruled out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations through injury, he returned to the squad, starting their final two group matches as Senegal crashed out at the group stage.
He scored twice in the 2017 AFCON Finals, but missed the penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out with Cameroon that saw Senegal eliminated from the tournament.
Mane scored the opening goal in a 2-2 draw against Japan at the 2018 World Cup but could not prevent his side from being knocked out in the group stage.
The Liverpool man was part of the Senegal team that finished runner-up to Algeria in the 2019 AFCON.
Having scored twice and missed a penalty in a 3-0 win against Kenya, he missed another penalty but scored again in a 1-0 win over Uganda in the last-16.
Mane was named in the Team of the Tournament and, a firm favorite with the Senegal fans, continues to be a shining light for his national side
Mane is a practising Muslim and can often be seen praying before the start of a match. He keeps his personal life to himself, preferring to shun the limelight away from the pitch.
He is not married and gives little away about his relationships, although he was rumored to be dating Rwandan businesswoman Kate Bashabe. He has been burgled twice, in 2017 and 2019, while playing for Liverpool.
Mane is known as one of the nicest men in soccer and, having donated towards the building of a new secondary school in his home village of Bambaly, he then paid for a hospital to be built.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he donated $56,000 to health authorities in Senegal.
He was seen cleaning the toilets at his local mosque just hours after scoring in a 2-1 victory over Leicester City in 2018, furthering his reputation as a down-to-earth guy despite his wealth.
Mane is under contract with Liverpool until 2023 and earns a reported $200,000 per week.
He is said to be worth in the region of $27million while his endorsements include financial services giant Western Union, Indonesia Tourism and New Balance - his boot sponsors.
Clubs have paid a combined $82million in transfer fees for the African star, with Southampton receiving $50million from Liverpool for his signature in 2016.
He drives a Bentley but also has a modest car which he uses when trying to remain incognito while attending the mosque.
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