Sadio Mané: Characteristics
Birthday: April 10th, 1992
Weight: 69 kg
Shirt number: 10
Personal award: Africa’s Footballer of the Year (2019)
Dortmund almost got Sadio Mané
In 2011 Sadio Mané’s European adventure began. At that time he moved as a 19-year-old from the Senegalese club Generation Foot to Ligue 2 in France, to join FC Metz. Football had been part of Mané’s earliest childhood. His parents wanted him to be a teacher. Sadio Mané discovered his passion for football early on. First in his home village of Banbali in the south of the country, later in Dakar. Before and after training, he sold tea to make a living. “Why should I want 10 Ferrari, 20 watches and 2 jets?” Asks Mané today. “I don’t need luxury cars and houses. I grew up poor, I played football barefoot. I can help my people with what I earn through football today, ”he says with an unmistakable hint of humility.
In the capital of Senegal, he was sent to test training the Generation Foot youth academy founded in 2000. Generation Foot has already produced a number of well-known players: the former Freiburg Papiss Cissé or Ismaïla Sarr, who is currently playing for Watford. Their path also led via FC Metz. He quickly became part of the regular staff at the Lorraine, even if he did not shine as a goal machine at the time.
Only a year later, FC Red Bull from Salzburg signed him after he made it to the quarter-finals with the Senegalese Olympic selection in London. In Salzburg, Mané learned German, which he benefits from today when communicating with Jürgen Klopp. At this point in time, Klopp, at that time still in the service of Borussia Dortmund, had an eye on the fast left wing. But a change to BVB failed, instead he was sold for 15 million to Southampton FC. Mané later told Mirror: “I’ll be honest now: Southampton is a great club, but I didn’t want to go there. It was my wish to sign in Dortmund because Jürgen Klopp wanted me”.
In his first Premier League season, he managed a hat-trick at a record-breaking pace: The Senegalese needed only 176 seconds for three goals in the game against Aston Villa. He also scored three goals against Manchester City and even scored for Southampton in Klopp’s home debut in Anfield. At the latest, Mané was in the focus of the Reds, who ultimately committed him in summer 2016 for a whopping 41 million euros.
Together with Roberto Firmino, who had already moved from Liverpool to Hoffenheim in 2015, and Mohamed Salah, who was bought by AS Roma in 2017, he is still one of the most dangerous series of attacks in world football: the “Fab Three”. Mané scored double-digits every season, the 2018/19 season was certainly outstanding when he scored 22 times for the Klopp team in the Premier League alone.
Sadio Mané: Liverpool outfitter shoes
Sadio Mané is currently lacing up the New Balance Furon v5 when it comes to the lawn. The New Balance (NB) football shoes, which are also known to equip his Liverpool FC club, currently cost around 125 euros.
Sadio Mané’s market value explosion
The transfermarkt.de portal puts the current market value of Mané at an astronomical 150 million euros. This makes him the most valuable player in Liverpool alongside his striker Mo Salah (also 150 million euros). For comparison: at the end of 2018, Mané’s market value was estimated at 75 million euros.
Sadio Mané: salary of 6.1 million euros
Sadio Mané earns around 6.1 million euros a year. That’s around £ 5.2m, which is far from being the top earner in Liverpool. The top earner among the Reds is Mohamed Salah with around 12.3 million euros per year (10.4 pounds).
Sadio Mané’s car: Mercedes, Bentley, Range Rover and Audi are in his garage
Even if Mané likes to be humble: the Liverpool striker has a handsome fleet. His cars: Mercedes G63 AMG, also known as G-Wagon, Bentley Continental GT, Range Rover and an Audi RS7. Mané now also owns a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
Sadio Mané: Girlfriend is rumored to be a top model
The Senegalese reveals almost nothing about his private life. The African tabloid, in particular, is always speculating about possible friends of the Liverpool attacker. Kate Bashabe, model and founder of the Kabash Fashion House and Kabash Cares aid organization is repeatedly associated with Mané. Other rumors say Sadio Mané is in love with English reporter Melissa Reddy (BBC 5 Live, SkySports, Premier League Productions).
Sadio Mané on Instagram: up to 30,000 new followers every day
Mané’s Instagram page currently has 6.5 million followers. Around 20,000 new followers are added every day, up to 30,000 on peak days. About once a week there is a new photo of and with the Senegalese to see, in most cases like he is in action at Liverpool FC. Follow Sadio Mané on Instagram: instagram.com/sadiomaneofficiel
Did you know…
💡 …that Sadio Mané is not the first Senegalese at Liverpool FC? El Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao were signed by the Reds after Senegal’s strong World Cup in 2002.
💡 …that Sadio Mané’s move to Liverpool in summer 2016 became the most expensive transfer of an African footballer to date?
💡 …That Sadio Mane’s birthday is the same day (April 10) as Liverpool legend Ian Callaghan? The Englishman is still the Reds’ record player with 857 appearances.