BBC journalist points out Sadio Mane's classy behaviour in interviews

Liverpool fans have many reasons to be proud about Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese forward is a wonderful footballer, his performances in 2018 resulting in him being shortlisted for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

And he’s a class act off the pitch, too.

Footage of Mane cleaning the toilets of his mosque just hours after scoring against Leicester City emerged in September.

In the modern era, it’s common for players to be seen out in their flash supercars.

But according to the imam at Al Rahma Mosque in Liverpool, Mane doesn’t flaunt his wealth when he goes to the mosque.

“He comes to the mosque often,” Abu Usamah Al-Tahabi told the BBC.

Mane’s a humble character

“At his house he has a Bentley – but he comes to us in a not-so-fancy car, so he is incognito.

“He’s not a person looking for fanfare. There’s no arrogance.”

Mane’s humbleness isn’t a surprise to Mike Hughes from BBC Radio Merseyside Sport.

Hughes spoke about his experience of interviewing the 26-year-old, pointing out that he always deflects the praise to his teammates instead of boasting about his own performances.

“After a match I try to get him to describe how big a part he’s played, but he is always eager to play down his role and bump up everyone else in the team,” Hughes said.

“That just shows the character of the man.”

Mane’s interview after Porto hat-trick sums him up

Now would be a good time to recall Mane’s interview after scoring a hat-trick for Liverpool in their 5-0 win over Porto in the Champions League last year.

Mane was asked how much fun it is to play with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

His response? To praise the rest of Liverpool’s teammates, who make it easy for the front three to succeed.

It’s easy to see why Mane is so adored by Liverpool fans and his teammates.

He’s selfless and always gives his all. And that’s a recipe for success.

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