19 Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane Liverpool
Nationality
sen Senegal
Position
Midfielder, Forward
Current Team
Liverpool
Past Teams
SOU

Sadio Mane is a Senegalese international who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool. He started his senior professional career in France with Metz, where he spent one full season in the French Ligue 2.

Mane moved to the Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg for a fee believed to be around £3.6 million. He went onto win the Austrian Bundesliga title in the 2013/14 season and score a total of 45 goals in 87 appearances in all competitions.

The Senegal international pushed for a move to the Premier League by refusing to attend training sessions and matches. He subsequently joined Ronald Koeman’s Southampton in September 2014 for a fee of £11.6 million.

Mane shot to fame during his two seasons at St Marys’, scoring 10 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions. He became one of the most established players at Southampton and recorded the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history during a 6-1 win against Aston Villa on 16 May 2015.

He bettered his goal scoring record during his second season with the saints, netting 15 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. Mane became the most expensive African player when he joined Liverpool for a fee of £34 million in June 2016. However, this record has been exceeded by Mohamed Salah, who joined the reds this summer.

Mane was one of Liverpool’s strongest performers during his debut season at Anfield. He was awarded Liverpool’s Players’ and Fans’ Player of the Year, after scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.

He’s also represented his native Senegal at both the 2015 and 2017 African Cup of Nations and also featured in the 2012 London Olympics. Overall, Mane has accumulated 45 caps and scored 13 times for Senegal.