An African superstar has revealed that his parents were not happy about him pursuing football as a career, believing it would be a "waste of time".
Liverpool and Senegal star Sadio Mane has become one of best forwards in the Premier League in recent seasons, and is a key part of an explosive trio featuring Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
However, Mane has now admitted that his parents wanted him to go into teaching rather than football.
"I was born in a village where there had never been a footballer who'd made it in the major championships," he told Bleacher Report.
"I remember that, when I was little, my parents felt that I should study to become a teacher. They thought football was a waste of time and I'd never succeed at it.
"I always said: 'This is the only job that will enable me to help you. And I think I have a chance to become a footballer.'
"They weren't sure about it because I was a long way from the capital and almost nobody from there had succeeded. So they were against the idea, and they never believed it, right up until the day when I signed my first professional contract."
Mane signed his first professional deal in 2011, when he joined Metz in France, before moving to Red Bull Salzburg and then Southampton, before his switch to Liverpool.
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