- Sadio Mane has opened the lid about how his village people back home support him morally
- The 27-year-old has been winning trophies for Liverpool on the continental level
- Mane is currently the best player in the African continent and came fourth in Ballon d'Or
Sadio Mane has never hidden the fact that his the people of Bambali have played a huge role with his career.
The Liverpool striker is the current African best player for 2019 in January after helping his club win Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League Golden Boot.
And the Senegal international is on course to help the Reds lift their first league title in more than 30 years.
Mane believes all his achievements can be attributed to his village people who have inspired his life long career.
He said: “I can't describe how they are and how motivated they are especially.
“They always push me.
“If you see those people, you push hard and harder to make them proud because it's the only satisfaction they have on it. I have to give back what they have done for me.
“I think it was something great for the people of Bambali because in the village we had some great players but they were never successful.
“They were praying for me every day to see me at this level because they will be just proud."
After beating Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Man City star Riyad Mahrez to the award, Mane was also full of praise to his people.
“I would say the dream came true,” he added.
“For sure, I'm looking forward to performing well again for my team especially and win more.”
Mane has been out of action for Liverpool in recent weeks after suffering a muscle injury in last month’s 2-1 win away at Wolves.
The 27-year missed his sides's league games against Wolves and his former club Southampton respectively.
But he should be back for Jurgen Klopp's side after the winter break as he posted a video on Instagram doing the paces on their training ground.
The former Chelsea star was busy tormenting the young players on the bus while they were taking a nap.
Luiz would blocked their nostrils to avoid the players breathe and they would eventually wake up.
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