Biography

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane is an Senegalese footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Sadio in our in-depth biography

Liverpool FC winger Sadio Mane Photo: Sadio Mane / Instagram

Sadio Mane is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool FC.

The African forward started his career at French club Metz before the winger completed a switch to Swiss side Red Bull Salzburg in 2012.

Mane earned a move to Southampton in 2014 after he helped Red Bull Salzburg to win the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup.

The Senegal international spent two seasons on the south coast and scored 21 goals in 67 games in the Premier League for the Saints.

The African star moved to Liverpool in a £34m deal from Southampton in the 2016 summer transfer window as Jurgen Klopp finally landed the attacking midfielder.

Mane has scored 14 times in 47 games in the Senegal national team after the winger made his debut in 2012.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 10 April 1992
Age: 26 years old
Place of birth: Sedhiou, Senegal
Nationality: Senegalese
Height: 175cm / 5ft 9ins
Weight: 69kg / 152 lbs
Wages: £90,000 a week
Transfer value: £34 million
Shirt number: 19

Facebook: SadioMane19
Instagram: sadiomaneofficiel

Early life

Photo: Sadio Mane / Instagram

Sadio was born in Sédhiou, Sénégal in 1992.

He started his fledgling career with a Senegalese academy team, Academie Generation Foot.

Mane moved to French club Metz at the tender age of 19 in 2011.

Metz

Sadio made his professional debut in European football in January 2012.

The attacker was a second-half substitute in a 1-0 loss to Bastia in Ligue 2.

Mane started 12 of his 19 games in Ligue 2 in the 2012-13 season. The winger scored his only goal in a 5-2 loss to Guingamp at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on 4 May.

The Senegal forward was unable to help Metz avoid relegation and it wasn’t long before Mane was snapped up from the Championnat National at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

Red Bull Salzburg

Mane completed a €4m move to Red Bull Salzburg from Metz in August 2012. It was the biggest transfer fee that the French club had ever received for a player.

The Senegal international scored his first hat-trick for the Swiss club in a 3–1 win at Kalsdorf the Austrian Cup third round.

He finished the 2012-13 season with 19 goals in 29 games in all competitions to make a brilliant start to his Red Bull Salzburg career.

Mane scored his first hat-trick in the Austrian Bundesliga in a comfortable win at Grodig.

The African starlet scored his third treble for the Swiss club in a resounding 7–0 at Horn in the Austrian Cup semi-finals.

Sadio scored 13 goals in 30 games in the Austrian Bundesliga to help Red Bull Salzburg win the top-flight crown and the Austrian Cup.

Mane ended his time at Red Bull Salzburg in controversial fashion.

He refused to turn up for training at the start of the 2014-15 season despite Red Bull’s qualification for the Champions League being in the balance.

Southampton

Photo: Sadio Mane / Instagram

Mane completed an £11.8m move to Premier League club Southampton from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg in the 2014 summer transfer window.

Sadio signed a four-year contract with the Saints on 1 September 2014.

He scored the winning penalty in Southampton’s 2-1 win against Arsenal in the League Cup to open his account with the Premier League club.

Mane thought he had netted his first Premier League goal in Southampton’s 8-0 demolition of Sunderland, although the strike later went down as a Patrick van Aanholt own goal.

Sadio finally got his first Premier League goal in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in October 2014.

He scored in successive Premier League games for the first time with efforts against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The winger continued his fine goal-scoring form with the winner in 1-0 victories over Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace.

There were rumblings of trouble between Mane and Southampton when he was fined for turning up late at St Mary’s for a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

However, Sadio finished the season in sensational style with the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history. Mane scored a treble in 2 minutes and 56 seconds in Southampton’s 6-1 win against Aston Villa in May 2015.

The African forward finished the season with 10 goals and three assists in 30 Premier League games at the south coast club.

Mane continued his rich vein of form in a Southampton shirt at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored twice in a 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League qualifying round.

His scored vital goals on the road at Chelsea and Liverpool to start to capture the attention of some top Premier League clubs.

Ironically, Mane scored four times in three meetings against his future employers Liverpool during the 2015-16 season.

Mane ended the campaign with five goals in his last five games, including a hat-trick against Manchester City in the Premier League.

Sadio scored 11 goals and made six assists in 37 appearances in the Premier League during his last season at St Mary’s.

Liverpool FC

Photo: Sadio Mane / Instagram

Mane completed a £34m move to Liverpool from Southampton on 28 June 2016.

Sadio became the most-expensive African footballer in history following his switch to Anfield from Southampton.

He opened his Liverpool account in spectacular fashion with an incredible wonder goal in a 4-3 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in their opening Premier League games of the 2016-17 season.

Sadio scored for the second time in a 4-1 win against Leicester City at Anfield to make a blistering stat to his Reds career,

Mane netted twice in one of Liverpool’s most-impressive performances of the 2016-17 season in an emphatic 6-1 win against London side Watford.

The Liverpool midfielder secured his own little slice of Reds history when he scored the winner in the 227th Merseyside derby. The African forward netted in added time to secure a 1-0 victory at Everton.

Mane netted in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland before he departed for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

He returned to the Liverpool starting line-up for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on 11 February 2017. Mane scored both of the home side’s goals in a 2-0 win against their top-four rivals at Anfield.

Sadio’s season was cut short after a serious knee problem in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Everton in the derby at Anfield in March. He got on the score sheet before he was replaced in the 56th minute.

Mane scored 13 goals and made five assists in 31 games to earn a place in the PFA Premier League team of the year.

He was also awarded Liverpool’s player of the season award following his outstanding debut campaign at Anfield.

Sadio made a brilliant start to the 2017-18 Premier League season with goals against Watford, Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their opening three top-flight fixtures.

Mane was sent off in controversial circumstances for a high tackle on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson before Liverpool went on to lose 5-0 at The Etihad.

He scored three goals in the Champions League group stage to help Jurgen Klopp’s side secure a place in the last 16 with efforts against Spartak Moscow and Sevilla.

Mane netted his first Premier League goal since August in a 3-0 win at Stoke City in November.

He played a key role in their run to the Champions League final with a hat-trick in a 5-0 win at FC Porto before goals against Manchester City and AS Roma.

Sadio netted what proved to be a consolation goal in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Mane netted 20 times and made eight assists in his second season at Liverpool FC.

International career

Photo: Sadio Mane / Instagram

Mane made his debut for the Senegal national team in 2012.

Sadio was part of the Senegal team that competed at the London 2012 Olympics.

Liverpool manager Klopp has since revealed that he first became an admirer of Mane at the Olympic Games.

The African forward started each group stage fixture and helped Senegal to qualify for the knockout round behind Great Britain.

Senegal crashed out of the tournament following a 4-2 extra-time loss to eventual gold medallists Mexico.

Mane beat the odds to feature at the 2015 African Cup of Nations despite initially being ruled out of the tournament due to a calf problem. Senegal didn’t manage to get past the group stage.

Sadio featured at the 2017 African Cup of Nations following a brilliant start to his Liverpool career.

Mane scored in victories over Tunisia and Zimbabwe to reach the quarter-finals of the major tournament. However, he missed a penalty kick in a last-eight loss to Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations.

Sadio has scored 14 goals in 48 appearances for the Senegal national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

He scored in a 2-2 draw with Japan but Senegal exited at the group stage.

Personal life

Mane grew up as part of a religious family in Senegal before he moved to Ligue 2 side Metz in 2011.

Indeed, his father was the imam at his local mosque in his small village, Bambali, in the south of Senegal.

Interesting facts about Sadio Mane

Photo: Sadio Mane / Instagram

• Given his religion, Mane doesn’t drink alcohol.

• Indeed, his faith plays an important role in his life. Sadio prays five times a day.

• Mane is the third Senegal international to represent Liverpool. Salif Diao and El Hadji Diouf moved to Liverpool in 2002.

• Sadio scored the fastest Premier League hat-trick in history in 2015. His brisk treble beat the record previously held by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, who scored three times in four minutes, 33 seconds.

• He was part of the Senegal team that earned a 1-1 draw against Great Britain at Old Trafford in the group stages at the London 2012 Olympics.

• Mane followed in the footsteps of former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song and other Premier League legends such as Louis Saha, Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robert Pires when he started his career at Metz.

• Liverpool’s record appearance holder Ian Callaghan was born on April 10 like the Senegal international, although he is 50 years older than Mane.

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