OKEGOAL.COM - Sadio Mane is one of the best players in the world who plays for Liverpool and Senegal. He is also a devout Muslim who does not neglect his religious obligations, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
In this article, we will explore how Sadio Mane balances his professional career and his faith, and what makes him a role model for many people.
Sadio Mane's Background and Career
Sadio Mane was born on April 10, 1992 in Bambali, a small village in Senegal. He grew up in a poor family and had to overcome many challenges to pursue his dream of becoming a footballer.
He started playing football at a young age and joined the local academy Generation Foot, where he impressed the scouts with his speed, skill and work ethic.
He moved to France in 2011 to join Metz, where he made his professional debut. He then transferred to Red Bull Salzburg in 2012, where he won two league titles and one cup.
He also scored 45 goals in 87 appearances for the Austrian club, attracting the attention of bigger teams.
In 2014, he joined Southampton in the Premier League, where he continued to shine and break records.
He scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history, netting three goals in two minutes and 56 seconds against Aston Villa in 2015.
He also became the first Southampton player to score more than 20 goals in a single season in 2016.
In 2016, he moved to Liverpool for £34 million, making him the most expensive African player at that time.
He quickly became a key player for the Reds, forming a formidable attacking trio with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
He helped Liverpool win the UEFA Champions League in 2019, the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019, and the Premier League in 2020.
He also won several individual awards, such as the Premier League Golden Boot in 2019 (shared with Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang), the African Footballer of the Year in 2019, and the fourth place in the Ballon d'Or ranking in 2019.
He is also a regular starter for the Senegal national team, where he has scored 22 goals in 73 caps. He led Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019, where they lost to Algeria by a narrow margin.
Sadio Mane's Faith and Charity
Sadio Mane is a proud Muslim who does not hide his faith from the public. He is often seen performing prayers on the pitch before and after matches, as well as during celebrations. He also observes fasting during Ramadan, even when he has to play important games.