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Sadio Mane: The African superstar changing lives

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22 League Goals.

Winner of the UEFA Champions League.

Winner of the Premier League Golden Boot.

AFCON 2019 finalist with Senegal.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has had a very impressive season for club and country, but it is his off-field works that is the talk of the football world.

Born in Bambali, a small village in Senegal in 1992, Mane is no stranger to poverty and hardships. He had to work very hard to get to where he is today, having started his career with FC Metz in France in 2011. However, despite being a superstar today, he has not forgotten his roots.

Following Senegal’s last-ditch loss to Algeria in the AFCON Final, Mane was given a well-deserved break by Liverpool. He could have spent his extended break at any lavish hotel or exotic beach, but he decided to do the exact opposite.

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Mane returned to Bambali.

Along with being an icon in his country, Mane is also well-known for his contributions to his society, where he has made significant investments to improve the life and standards of the people of his country.

Mane has paid 250,000 pounds of his own money to build a school in Bambali. He has already paid for a hospital, and regularly gives out money to those in need and football kits and boots to the local kids who look up to him as their hero.

Mane knows the work he does changes lives, and in an interview he once said,” I just wanted to do better for my country. It has always been the most special part of being a professional footballer for me.”

With great power, comes great responsibility and Sadio Mane, the “little diamond” certainly knows how to use his considerable influence and money to make lives better for his people.

Salud, Sadio!

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