Sadio Mane is one of those personalities who have never had trouble expressing their admiration for today’s leaders. He is well aware of the legacy that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have built. And he gave in to the quality of some of his teammates like Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk.
Of course, when in recent years they asked him about his all-time favorite footballer, his stance didn’t change at all.
The Liverpool 10, who has just won the first Africa Cup of Nations in the history of the Senegal national team, has confirmed that he has not looked up to anyone like Ronaldo de Assis Moreira. His greatest footballing hero was, is and always will be the eternal Ronaldinho.
“Ronaldinho, for me, was my hero. He loved, he really loved, to see him play especially when he was here (at FC Barcelona). And to be honest, I still love him and he will be my hero forever,” Mané commented during a press conference he gave ahead of facing Barca in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.
The trophies he has lifted, the individual awards he has obtained and, above all, what he has generated with his football. Ronaldinho, with his unique style of play, marked entire generations. And the words of Sadio Mané are a resounding confirmation of this.