Today, Liverpool star Sadio Mane is an idol to many young football lovers around the world, but the Senegal forward has heroes of his own, and he has now revealed which player he looked up to when he was growing up.
Since joining Liverpool from Southampton in 2016, Mane has developed into one of the world's leading footballers and his rapid ascension was crowned last year when he was named CAF African Footballer of the Year.
In a new documentary titled Made in Senegal, Mane revealed how winning the award had been a life-long ambition of his, which was inspired by the success of former Liverpool and Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf.
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"... When I was young, my hero was El Hadji Diouf and he won (the African Player of the Year award)," Mane said, according to The Telegraph.
"It was my dream to win it one day. In the last three years, I was really close, in third, second and second because Mo Salah was on fire. But they all told me I had the quality to win it and never stopped supporting and pushing me, so I wanted to make sacrifices to win this."
Mane has scored 77 goals in 161 appearances for the Reds since his arrival at the club, and shared the Premier League Golden Boot award with Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season.
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