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Ten Facts You Didn't Know about Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane is one of the top footballers in the world right now, and unquestionably one of the best African footballers as well. He is without a doubt one of the greatest Senegalese footballers of all time, and based on his current form, he might well be Senegal's all-time greatest footballer by the time he retires.

Mane, who came from poor beginnings, received his first professional deal with Metz in 2011. In 2012, he joined Red Bull Salzburg and had a fantastic time there, scoring 45 goals in 87 games across all competitions. Southampton were impressed with Mane's efforts for Red Bull Salzburg, and he joined the club in 2014. His €23 million transfer cost made him the club's most expensive signing at the time.

His achievements for Southampton piqued Liverpool's interest, and he signed with the Reds in 2016. Mane has played 108 times for Liverpool, scoring 48 goals and assisting on 28 occasions. Mane was named Liverpool Player of the Year in his debut season. Mane has made 35 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring 15 goals and assisting three times.

Sadio Mane has also played for Senegal's national team, making over 50 appearances. He has played for Senegal in two African Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2018 World Cup, scoring a goal against Japan.

People are curious about Sadio Mane's unknown facts because he is one of the top footballers in the world.

10. He was the most expensive signing in Southampton's history.

Southampton took notice of Mane's outstanding performances for Red Bull Salzburg. Sadio Mane was eventually signed by Southampton for a cost of €23 million in the summer of 2014. At the time, he was the club's most costly signing. Southampton shattered the mark when they bought Jannik Vestergaard from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer. The transfer fee for Vestergaard was €25 million. Sadio Mane played 75 times for Southampton, scoring 25 goals and assisting on 14 occasions.

9. Mane's home has been broken into twice.

On two instances, Sadio Mane's home in Liverpool has been broken into. The first time it happened occurred in November 2017, when Liverpool was facing Maribor in a Champions League encounter.

The second incident occurred recently during a Champions League match between Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Nobody was home at the time, and car keys, watches, and cellphones were among the things taken.

8. Starting from the ground up

Sadio Mane was born in the Senegalese village of Sedhiou. His family was not supportive of his ambition to play professional football. He ran away from home when he was 15 and settled in Dakar. In tattered footwear, he went to a club's football trials. Someone mistook him for being in the wrong area because of the state of his boots. Mane ultimately made it through the trials.

7. The Senegalese footballer is the club's third Senegalese player.

When Liverpool signed Sadio Mane from Southampton in 2016, he became the club's third Senegalese player. El Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao, both 2002 World Cup stars from Senegal, also played for Liverpool.

However, Mane's Liverpool performances are far superior to those of Diouf and Diao.

6. Against Liverpool, he has a prolific scoring record.

Sadio Mane was a Southampton player before joining Liverpool. Mane had a good scoring record against his current team while at Southampton.

Mane scored four goals in five games versus Liverpool over the course of two seasons. During the 2015-16 season, he scored four goals in three games.

5. Mane's strong start set him up for success in the Premier League.

In 2012, Sadio Mane signed his first professional deal with Metz in France.

Metz has a history of generating players who have gone on to play in the Premier League. Robert Pires, Emmanuel Adebayor, Papiss Cisse, and Rigobert Song were all born and raised in Metz.

4. Sadio Mane was born on the same day as a Liverpool legend.

Sadio Mane shares his birthdate with Ian Callaghan, a Liverpool legend. Callaghan has made 857 appearances for Liverpool, making him the club's all-time appearance leader.

3. Sadio Mane is Liverpool's second-highest African scorer.

Sadio Mane is Liverpool's second-highest African scorer with 48 goals in 108 games. Mane is the only player in the Premier League who has scored more goals than Mohamed Salah.

Mane is the 25th highest scorer in Liverpool's history. Mane will almost certainly go up the list if he stays at Liverpool until at least 2023 (when his current contract ends). Mane will have to make do with being Liverpool's second-highest African scorer if Mohamed Salah stays at the club for a long time.

2. He was Africa's most expensive footballer of all time.

When Sadio Mane joined Southampton in 2014, he was the club's most expensive signing. He put up some strong performances for the Saints, which drew Liverpool's notice.

Mane was eventually signed by Liverpool in the summer of 2016 for £34 million. Mane's transfer fee made him the most expensive African footballer at the time, surpassing Manchester City's £28 million fee for signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea City in 2015.

Riyad Mahrez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, and Mohamed Salah have all now surpassed Mane's transfer value.

1. Sadio Mane has the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history.

Southampton took on Aston Villa at St. Mary's Stadium on May 16, 2015. Mane scored three goals in under two minutes and 56 seconds, setting a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick. 

He shattered Liverpool star Robbie Fowler's previous record of 4 minutes and 33 seconds set against Arsenal in 1994. Southampton went on to win the game 6-1.

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