Sadio Mane has reportedly been speaking about his work to help those in poverty in his homeland Senegal and other African nations – and the quote is very refreshing to hear.
Ghanaian news outlet NsemWoha.com claim he said: “Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches, or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world?
“I was hungry, and I had to work in the field; I survived hard times, played football barefooted, I did not have an education and many other things, but today with what I win thanks to football, I can help my people.“
In the past, he has donated old Liverpool shirts for children to wear in places like Malawi and has funded several projects including schools and houses in the village he used to live in as a child.
There have also been stories about him helping to clean his local Mosque on Merseyside and those who have met him say he is quiet, polite and respectful – most of the good work he does takes place without being recognised or publicised.
Mane does a lot to help those who are less fortunate than himself, and like Mo Salah, makes the most of the status he has in the continent of Africa for a good purpose.
Lots of footballers do a lot more than gets reported on when it comes to charity and donations, but an attidue like this is deserving of extra praise.