Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is renowned as one of football’s nice guys.
From doing all he can to help his native Senegal to playing the game with a smile on his face, it’s almost impossible to say a bad word about the flying winger.
Not to mention he’s one of the finest footballers on the planet. In the 2019/20 season, Mane has arguably been the best player in the world, helping Liverpool build a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic still crippling the planet, there is still a lingering chance that Jurgen Klopp’s side will not be rewarded with the trophy they deserve.
It’s a tough situation, but it’s one that Mane respects, saying that he would “understand” if Liverpool were denied the title they have been craving for 30 years.
“I want to win the games and I want to get the trophy, it’s what I would love. But with this situation, whatever happens I will understand.
“It has been difficult for Liverpool, but it has been more difficult for many millions of people around the world.
“Some people have lost family members and that is the more complicated situation. But for myself, it’s my dream and I want to win it this year.
“If that’s not the case, I will accept, it’s part of life. Hopefully we will win it next year.”
Well said, Sadio.
It’s a message to the rest of the footballing world that the squabbling over the sport right now is completely meaningless when compared with the suffering of others across the world.
Football has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last couple of days, but it’s refreshing to see Mane inject a bit of humanity and compassion back into the sport.
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