Sadio Mane is one of the best footballers in the world right now.
It will be very hard to mention 10 footballers in the world today without mentioning the name of the Senegalese.
Sadio has God to thank for how his life was transformed from being a village boy to a world superstar.
Sadio Mana was born and grew in a small village called Bambali, deep in the south of Senegal.
He said his passion for football started when he was about 3 years of age and he always remembers been with football since that age.
“My parents never had money to send me to school,” he recalled. “Every morning and evening, I would always go to play football with my friend in the streets. When I was young, I only thought about the Premier League which I watched on TV. Only Premier League. It was a big dream for me.”
“Since I was two or three years old, I remember always being with the ball. I would see kids playing on the street, and would join them. That is how I started – just on the roads. When I got older, I would go to watch games, especially when the national team played. I wanted to see my heroes and imagine myself as them” he said.
Mane revealed that his family did not even believe in his dream of becoming a professional footballer and had to go to Europe to pursue his dream without telling them about it.
“I only told my uncle. Even my mum, she didn’t know,” Mane said.
“I remember the first day I got there, to France. I was supposed to train but the coach said ‘stay at home’ and I didn’t have any credit on my phone card to call my mum. The next day I went with some of my friends who were already at Metz to buy some cards. I called her and said: Hello Mama, ‘I’m in France.”
“‘Which France?’ she said. She couldn’t believe it! I said: ‘France in Europe.’ ‘What do you mean Europe? You live in Senegal.’ I said: ‘No I’m in Europe.’ She was amazed, it was crazy! She was so surprised and she’d call me every day to ask if it was true. She still didn’t believe me until I told her to go watch me at the TV. She finally did and observed my dream had come true.”
After the initial buzz of excitement, Mane endured a tough start to life in France as a pelvic injury hampered his progress. Homesickness also took hold of him. The weather was tough, the culture was not the same,” he told Liverpoolfc.com
“I thank God for changing my life from a hopeless village boy to a world football icon. If not for God, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am grateful. Is not by my talents but by his grace”- Mane said.
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