Sadio Mane reveals his two boyhood idols

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has named Ronaldinho and El-Hadji Diouf as the top two players he idolised while growing upThe Senegal international’s comments will likely cause a stir at Anfield due to Diouf’s reputation.The former striker spent two years at Liverpool and had a long-standing feud with captain Steven Gerrard.More recently, Diouf publicly blamed Gerrard for Liverpool’s failed title bid in the Premier League back in 2014.“When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,” Mane told Bleacher Report.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a footballer. They were skilful players and good dribblers who beat their opponents easily.”Mane also reserved praise for his fellow forward Roberto Firmino, who he describes as an “animal” due to his hardworking nature.“Lots of people like to talk about me and Salah. It’s nice to hear those things, but the strength of this Liverpool team is the collective,” Mane said.“You also can’t forget that there’s a guy up front called Firmino who works like an animal for us and makes things easier. And the guys behind us do some extraordinary work. We try to benefit from that and help the team go forward.“I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I’ve got more experience, there are some useless things that I don’t do anymore. It’s all about making and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their powers.”last_img

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