Sadio Mané is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Liverpool FC in the English Premier League and the Senegal National Football Team. Known for his pace, strength, dribbles and goalscoring skills, Mané is developing into one of the best forwards in the world. This article would be looking into the biography, facts, childhood, career, net worth and personal life of this amazing football player.
Sadio Mané Biography Facts
|Full Name:||Sadio Mané|
|Born:||April 10, 1992 (age 27)|
|Place of Birth:||Sedhiou, Senegal|
|Current Team:||Liverpool F.C.|
|Playing Position:||Forward – Left Winger|
|Height:||1.75m (5ft 9in)|
|Net Worth:||$8 million USD|
|Occupation:||Football (Soccer) Player|
|Social Media / Links:||Website, Facebook, Instagram|
Sadio Mané Childhood & Early Life
Sadio Mané was born on the 10th of April 1992 in Sedhiou, Senegal. He grew up in a small village called Bambali which was located deep in Southern Senegal. His parents who were very poor had more children than they could take care of, so Mané had to live with his Uncle. He grew up playing street football, and could not go to school because his parents could not afford to send him to school. So he played football in the dusty streets of his little village every morning when he woke up and in the evenings when the sun was down.
What really spiked his passion to become a professional footballer was when he watched the Senegal National Team play in the World Cup, and get to the quarter-finals, even beating world Champions France in the group stage, despite playing in the world cup for the first time. This made him take football very seriously. At first, his parents were against it, they had other plans for their son and it did not involve football, but Mané wanted nothing else. So they chose to support their son, selling their farm produce to raise money to get Mané into Generation Foot, a football academy in Dakar.
Sadio Mané Professional Career
It was not long before some French scouts discovered Mané and he moved from Generation Foot to France to play for Metz in the Ligue 2. He played 19 games for Metz, scoring 1 goal
Red Bull Salzburg (2012–2014)
Following his performance at Metz, Mané moved to Red Bull Salzburg to play in the Bundesliga of Austria for a reported €4 million, this was the 3rd biggest transfer Metz had ever made.
On October 27 2012, he scored the first hat-trick of his senior career in a 3-1 win against Kalsdorf during the 3rd round of the Austrian Cup. And by May 2014, he had scored 31 goals in 63 appearances for Salzburg as they won the domestic double of the 2013 – 14 season. By then Mané knew he was ready for a bigger challenge, so he decided to force a transfer.
On September 1st 2014, Mané moved to Southampton after signing a 4-year contract to play in the English Premier League, with Southampton paying £12 million to Red Bull Salzburg for the Senegalese. His first game for Southampton was in a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the League Cup, winning the penalty that led to Southampton’s first goal in the match. He made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, where he provided the assist in the first goal for Southampton.
His first goal for the club came as a solitary strike in a 1-0 win over Stoke City. He scored in 3 consecutive matches against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Chelsea, before adding 2 late winning goals against Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers. On May 16th 2015, Mané scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win against Aston Villa, it took 2 minutes 56 seconds to score all 3 goals and became the fastest hat-trick ever in the Premier League. Mané finished the season with 10 goals in all competition.
The 2015–16 season saw Mané score 15 goals across all competitions to become Southampton’s top scorer for the season. This was his last season at the club.
Mané joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 and signed a 5-year contract in a move that saw Liverpool pay £34 million to Southampton. This made him the most expensive African player of the time.
Mané made his debut for Liverpool, scoring the winning goal in a thrilling match against Arsenal that ended 4-3. He later scored the only goal in a cagey Merseyside derby against Everton in extra time, before scoring 2 goals to down Tottenham and hand Liverpool their first win in 2017. He closed the season with 13 league goals and earned a spot in the Team of the Year, before being named Liverpool’s best player of the season.
2018 saw Mané as part of a formidable quartet with Firminho Coutinho and Salah, but the quartet became a trio when Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona during the January transfer window. Mané scored his first hat-trick for Liverpool in a 5-0 win away to Porto in the Champions League round of 16, with his great performances helping his team get to the final of the competition. Mané scored the equalizer in a 3 – 1 loss to Real Madrid and became the first Senegalese to score in a final of the Champions League.
By November 2018, Mané was handed a contract extension, and by March, he scored his 50th competitive goal as a Liverpool player in a 4-2 win against Burnley. 3 days later he scored a brace in a 3 – 1 win against Bayern Munich, to help his team qualify for the quarter-finals. Mané’s last Premier League game of the season saw him score a brace in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. This saw Mané end the Premier League season with 22 goals and one of the three players to share the golden boot. The final of the Champions League saw Mané win an early penalty for his team, and was converted as Liverpool became European Champions after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win the title.
Sadio Mané International Career
Mané’s first competition in the senior team for Senegal was in the 2012 Olympics and was beaten 4-2 by Mexico in the quarter-finals. He then played in the African Nations Cup of 2017 but lost on penalties to Cameroon in the quarter-finals. He was also part of the 23 man squad for Senegal in the World Cup scoring a goal against Japan in a 2 – 2 draw. He again represented Senegal in the African Nations Cup of 2019 and was instrumental all the way to the final before losing 1-0 to Algeria.
Sadio Mané Net Worth
Mané’s net worth is currently estimated at $8 million USD with a salary for 2019/20 of £100,000
Sadio Mané Personal Life
Not much is known about Mané’s personal life, other than him being a practising Muslim.
He seems to be focusing entirely on his football career for now.
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