Sadio Mane has returned to Senegal to play in a star-studded football match in his native village, while speculations about his future Liverpool† Watch the video below:
Mane, 30, looks set to leave Liverpool this summer after a hugely successful eight-year spell at Anfield.
Bayern Munich have received two bids, the last worth up to £30million, rejected for Mane, but Liverpool expectations of over £40million for the Senegalese international are expected to be met.
Mane put aside speculation about his future to play a match on Wednesday in his childhood village of Bambali in southern Senegal.
It was the first time he returned to his home country since helping Senegal qualify for the 2022 World Cup with a penalty shootout win over Egypt in their play-off in March.
Videos circulating on social media show Mane playing on a muddy field in his village with friends and a number of other high profile players.
Former Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf also took part in the match, scoring a goal to the delight of the crowd.
Former Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne and Benin international Desire Segbe were also in attendance.
Mane is known for maintaining strong ties with Bambali and has donated significant sums of money to improve the village for its residents.
He is reported to have spent more than £450,000 to help fund the construction of a hospital, having previously donated money for a new school to be built.
Sadio Mane returned to the field where it all started for him in his village of Bambaly in Senegal to play a local game yesterday.
With him are idols El Hadji Diouf, Papiss Demba Cisse, Mbaye Diagne and Désiré Segbe of Benin. pic.twitter.com/f6jjjrnU3B
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) June 16, 2022
In a 2019 interview, Mane said: “Why would I want ten Ferraris, 20 diamond watches or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world?
“I was hungry and had to work on the field; I survived hard times, played football barefoot, I had no education and much more, but today with what I earn from football I can help my people.
“I have built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes and food for people living in extreme poverty. In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people in a very poor region of Senegal, which contributes to their family economy .
“I don’t have to show luxury cars, luxury houses, travel and even airplanes. I’d rather my people get a little bit of what life has given me.”
It looks like Mane will earn an even higher salary if he moves from Liverpool to Bayern Munich.
The attacker has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the German champions that would see him earn £328,000 a week, significantly more than his £100,000 weekly wage at Anfield.