The 26-year-old forward, Sadio Mane who grew up in Bambali in the West African country, has gifted 300 Liverpool shirts to locals in his hometown in Senegal, so they can wear them during the Champions League final.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane is known to be one of the nicest guys in football, and the pacey attacker has showed his class off the field by donating 300 Liverpool jerseys to his hometown village in Senegal. Did you hear about it?
According to a report in The Guardian, the former Southampton star wanted to deliver on a promise he made to a childhood friend after they watched the dramatic 2005 UEFA Champions League final as youngsters.
As quoted by The Guardian, Mane said: “3-0 down, then 3-3 and penalties. This was a big memory for me. I was watching in my village, Bambali. I remember being with my friend, a big friend of mine, and at 3-0 down he was completely out of it.
“He stopped watching and ran like crazy to get away. Then he came back at the end and he could not believe it. Even to this day, he cannot believe it. He came back after the game when Liverpool had won.”
Mane then mentioned that he spoke to his friend recently, and he was told not to go 3-0 down, as Liverpool did in 2005.
“He is a big Liverpool fan. He is still in Senegal. His name is Youssouph Diatta. He asked me that, this time, do not be 3-0 down,” the speedy attacker continued.
He then went on to say that he will donate 300 Liverpool jerseys to his hometown.
“Nobody in the village will work this day. My family still live in the village. My mum and my uncle. They are all going to be watching,” Mane added.
“There are 2 000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village so the fans can wear them to watch the final.”
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“There are 2,000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village, so the fans can wear to watch the final,” said Mane.
“My mum and my uncle, they are all going to be watching.
“Nobody in the village will work this day. I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and hopefully I will be showing everyone a (winners’) medal.”
The village, where his family still live, is where Mane watched Liverpool’s famous comeback over AC Milan in the 2005 final – at the age of 13.
“I remember AC Milan v Liverpool. Three-nil down, then 3-3 and penalties. This was a big memory for me,” said Mane, who revealed he was a Barcelona fan at the time.
“If you had said then I would be playing the final I would say it is something incredible in my life. Hopefully we are going to win.”