A look at the greatest Sadio Mane quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.
Sadio Mane is a Senegalese professional footballer who playing as a winger forLiverpool
football club and Senegal National team. Widely regarded as one of the best wingers of his generation, Mane started his professional career in 2011 with the French Club, Metz. He then had two successful spells with Red Bull Salzburg and Southampton before reaching the top of his career at Liverpool.
has been a key player for Liverpool in their glorious recent period in which they won the Champions League title and broke A 30-years draught by winning the 2019-20 Premier League title. It was also Mane's best season of his career so far, for which he was nominated for the Ballon d'Or and finished fourth.
At the international level, Mane has been a member of Senegal national team since 2012, scoring 25 goals in 77 games. He participated in the 2018 World Cup and finished second at the 2019 Cup of Nations.
Known for his remarkable work rate and goal scoring instinct, Mane He has scored 171 goals in 408 matches during his club career. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of
Sadio Mane quotes
We present football fans with the Best collection of Sadio Mane quotes which includes his comments about his personality and career as well as his comments on other football stars.
Sadio Mane was born into a family from a poor village in Senegal. Despite the harsh circumstances, Mane had a normal childhood. He enjoyed playing in the streets every time he had a chance. When he was seven years old, Tragedy hit their family as his father died after a long struggle with illness. His death had a big effect on Sane, but he did not let the feeling pulls him back and went on to become one of the best players of the world.
Mane is a devoted Muslim and has stated that he holds the religion close to his heart. He is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. It is certainly interesting to know more about Sadio Mane quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.
The best thing you can do is remember your home town.
The first time I watched a World Cup game was in 2002. That was the first time Senegal had ever qualified for the World Cup, and it was great moment that I will never forget in my life. I was ten years old at the time, and that experience of watching my country in a World Cup is what inspired me to become a footballer.
When I was in school, we would always have running races. I was good at it. Always sprinting. I can run long distance, too.
It was a tough moment for me when I was in Senegal, especially when I was young. I was born in a village, I grew up there, and they don't like football.
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.
It was a normal childhood, like the childhoods of all children my age: going to school, playing in the street with friends, spending time at home with my family.
I was born in a village where there had never been a footballer who'd made it in the major championships.
I was brought up correctly and in the right way, and my parents are very proud of the fact that I am a professional footballer.
I remember that when I was little, my parents felt that I should study to become a teacher. They thought football was a waste of time and I'd never succeed at it.
I knew I was going to be a football player; I just didn't know how. It was the only thing I was doing, the only thing that I knew. Always training, training, training, training.
When I was three or four, only football was in my head. I went 10 years, and nothing changed - only football, football, football. The strange thing is, nobody played football in my family before.
I was seven years old, We were about to play on the field when a cousin approached me and said: ‘Sadio, your father passed away.’ I replied: ‘Oh really? He’s joking …’ I couldn’t really understand it.
Before he passed away, he had this kind of sickness for weeks, We brought him some traditional medicine and it kept him calm for three or four months. The sickness came back but this time the medicine didn’t work and because there was no hospital in Bambali they had to take him to the next village to see if they could save his life. But it was not the case.
(On his father's death- from Mane's
interview with the Guardian)
When I was young my dad was always saying how proud he was of me, He was a man with a big heart. When he died, it had a big impact on me and the rest of my family. I said to myself: ‘Now I have to do my best to help my mother.’ That’s a hard thing to deal with when you are so young.
I remember my sister was also born at home because there is no hospital in our village. It was a really, really sad situation for everyone. I wanted to build one to give people hope.
(On why he built a
hospital in his hometown)
Football was always my dream. I started playing at the age of five, and I'm still playing now.
It was a bit difficult in England at first with the weather and the rain, but I love the football culture in this country.
I won't touch alcohol.
I work in the gym; twice a week, I do abdominals. It is very, very important. I do quick sessions, as I don't want to get big.
I have a chef who cooks for me. I like to eat healthy.
Why would I want ten Ferraris, 20 diamond watches and two jet planes? What would that do for the world? I starved, I worked in the fields, I played barefoot, and I didn’t go to school. Now I can help people. I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing. I have built schools [and] a stadium; we provide clothes, shoes, and food for people in extreme poverty.
In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people from a very poor Senegalese region in order to contribute to their family economy. I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips, and even planes. I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me.
Religion is very important to me. I respect the rules of Islam, and I pray five times a day, always.
I'm someone who likes to listen, who likes to watch, and who likes to learn.
You have to believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing all the time.
I didn't dream about becoming a professional: I dreamed about becoming the best in the world.
I am more focused on the games; things like contracts I leave with my agent.
Honestly, I don't know the word 'pressure,' because football is my job. I always enjoy it.
If you want to be successful when you play, you have to be free in your mind, and that happens if you know that everything is taken care of - you just focus on the football.
Whenever I play, I know I have the support to help me.
You can't say when you are 25 years old that you know everything. You don't.
I just try to work harder and harder every day to improve and get better and better.
Even when I was injured, I was always working hard.
I think it's a personal pride to hear everyone talking about me.
Sadio Mane is known the most for his finishing, speed, technique, and trickery in possession. He has been also praised for his decision-making, tactical awareness, creativity and dribbling skills. Mane has been a key member of the Senegal national team and Liverpool in recent years and has shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. The followings are the
top quotes by Sadio Mane
about football and his own playing style.
This is something you have to accept in football. Someone will say you are overpriced, but I did not think about it. Maybe I was overpriced, but I believe in my quality and want to get better. If you know what you can do for your team, it becomes no problem, and you don't even think about it.
As a kid, I watched a lot of English football and admired lots of English teams.
It makes it easy for a player when you've got really good teammates and when everyone wants the same thing.
Officials are human beings, and sometimes we all make mistakes.
It is very exciting to be playing in the Champions League because it is the dream of every player in the world.
I am different as soon as I am on the pitch, because I had to fight so much and work so hard to become a professional footballer, so I have to give everything that I can.
I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I've got more experience, there are some useless things that I don't do anymore.
It's the rival that gives you the tempo depending on who is on the ball or who a pass is played to. That is the little secret.
I would prefer to play for and against an attacking team, but I am now used to playing against defensive teams.
When I finish games, I want to have the feeling that I helped my team as much as I could, and the fans saw I was determined to win.
I really don't like not being able to help my teammates.
When you see the rival make a certain pass, you don't need to look behind you. You know 100 per cent that all your teammates will go with you.
All I can do is do my best: score goals, give assists, and do my best for my team.
I never doubted how I could help the team, and I never stopped working hard every day in training.
In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is betweenLionel Messi
and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Mane has never played alongside Ronaldo and Messi, but he has faced both of them many times during his career at Liverpool. Here are
Sadio Mane quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
It’s a great compliment when Messi votes for you, If you look at where I’ve come from, it shows I’ve come quite far.
Virgil is a great, great player but sorry Virgil, it has to be Messi before you. (On Messi winning the 2019 Ballon d'Or ahead of his teammate Virgil Van Dijk)
These players [Messi and Ronaldo] are monsters. I think that I am still far away from them. As I have said, I am going to do everything I can to come a little closer to them.
(From Mane's interview with
In this part of the article we present you with the top quotes by Sadio Mane about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on his Idol Ronaldinho and his coach at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp.
On his first idol, Ronaldinho
I was a Barcelona fan. My favorite player wasRonaldinho
I wanted to be Ronaldinho. I studied him a lot. He was my hero.
Ever since I started playing football, I've always taken the number 10 shirt. My first hero to wear the number 10 shirt was Ronaldinho.
On Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp is like my father.
Everyone likes Klopp. He is one of the best in the world, and for us to have the chance to have him as a coach makes us all happy.
He’s one of the best coaches in the world, but I think one of his secrets is that he is just an incredible person, He is someone who is very close to the players. We have a strong bond with him and he just has a way of inspiring you with his passion. All the boys love him and so do the fans. We are all improving and progressing under him. He is amazing for the club
On El Hadji Diouf
Diouf was one of the best players in the whole history of Senegal. He did a lot for the national team, and everybody knows and respects him for that.
I remember El Hadji Diouf winning it twice (2001 and 2002) and he was one of my big heroes. If I could follow in his footsteps and win it, I would be so proud. Hopefully it will happen one day.
On his relationship with Muhammad Salah
The media seem to expect there to be, but I can honestly say it isn’t even a competition for us. I think you can see that in our relationship both on and off the pitch. Everyone is trying to do all that we can for the success of Liverpool – it’s not just about us.
We wrap up our article on Sadio Mane quotes with a collection of his sayings about his club and international career. Mane's biggest breakthrough was winning the UCL and the Premier League title with Liverpool. He has played the last five years of his club career so far at Liverpool. On the International level, His biggest achievement was finishing runners-up at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
On his international career with Senegal
The people in Senegal like me, so I am happy.
I've kept all of my shirts that wore in the World Cup games, and I'll be giving them to my family to keep.
“Firstly, I have to say it was the realisation of my dream to play for Senegal at a World Cup. It obviously didn’t end the way we wanted it to, or how we expected it to, but it remains one of the best moments in my career.
It came so soon after playing on the biggest stage in club football, which was also something I had wanted so much since I was a very young boy. I managed to score in both the Champions League final and at the World Cup, but yes, there is a feeling of what might have been because it didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped for my club or my country.
(From Mane's interview with World soccer)
It was a strange situation the way we (Senegal) were knocked out, the players, the staff – our whole country -were desperate for us to reach the knockout stage and we thought we had the squad to do it. We gave everything, so to go out because we received more yellow cards than Japan was so tough for us to take. In the end we were all just left massively disappointed.
It was a World Cup where there were some big surprises and who knows what we could have achieved if we’d made it past that first step. But we know we have to accept it and must learn from the experience. We are determined to make the nation even more proud in the future. It was 16 years since Senegal were last in a World Cup, so we must make sure it isn’t such a long wait again, and do everything to get to Qatar.
(From Mane's interview with World soccer)
On his time at Liverpool
The wrong team wanted me, by the way - of course United. I spoke with Van Gaal, and they even made an offer, but for me, it was not the right club and not the right moment.
There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested, I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here.
I prefer Liverpool. The way we play is good for all of our players.
Liverpool are a massive club with a big history that has won many trophies over the years, and as soon as I was told of the possibility to come here, and I knew the manager wanted me, I said yes.
A good thing for footballers is not to think too much, especially when you've got to move to a big team like Liverpool, because that's when you start to confuse your mind.
The power of Liverpool Football Club is the collective. We always do everything together; this is our power.
If you have Real to face, you have to think about them - they are one of the best teams in the world. (On facing Real Madrid at the UCL final)
We are Liverpool, we are strong, and we can beat any team in the world.
As a player we all become like fans because if you see your teammate getting back in training and fit, you just say, ‘Wow!’ When I see Virgil, Joe and Joel, after every training session I say, ‘My friend, how are you feeling?’ because I think to have everybody back in the team is just incredible. (
From Mane's interview with Liverpoolfc)
To be honest I think the dream became true. I don’t even know how happy I am, I could not believe until now. I think I’m still dreaming, I think last year was not easy. It was really hard but that’s football. That makes people love football.
(On winning the Champions League title)
This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it, If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally, I don't know. I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly. I question myself all the time. I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine.
(On his form in the 20-21 season)
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