Sadio Mane is a bona fide Senegalese legend.
His hat-trick against Benin on Saturday means he is now the top scorer in his nation’s history.
That was the 32nd goal he has scored in a Senegal shirt and adds to the growing list of achievements that make him loved in his homeland.
He became the first Senegalese player to win the Premier League in 2019 and the first Senegalese player to win the Champions League in 2018.
He also became the first Senegalese player to win the African Cup Of Nations Player of the Tournament award in which he scored the winning penalty in the final.
And he respects the supporters as much as they respect him, even going as far as stating that he would ‘do what Senegalese fans want’ when it comes to his next transfer.
That was after he claimed: “Like everyone else, I’m on social media and I see the comments. Isn’t it between 60 to 70 per cent of Senegalese that want me to leave Liverpool?”
He later clarified that he was joking, saying: “I spoke yesterday while joking with a bit of humour and it was everywhere. I think we’ll stop there.
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“Liverpool is a club I respect a lot. The fans adopted me since day one. Regarding the future, we’ll see.”
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