Thursday, 13 September 2018

My parent thought pursuing a football career was a waste of time - Sadio Mane

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed how he fought to pursue his football career even when his parents told him it was a waste of time.

Sadio Mane has developed into one of the biggest star in the Premier League since signing for Liverpool. Though the road to being a star wasn't that smote and supportive, the Senegalese international however overcame all odds to become what he is today.

In an interview with Bleacher Report, Mane revealed what he had to go through and how his parent was not in support of his choice of career and how they told him 'pursuing a football career is only a waste of time.'

'I was born in a village where there had never been a footballer who'd made it in the major championships,' He said

'I remember that when I was little, my parents felt that I should study to become a teacher. They thought football was a waste of time and I'd never succeed at it.'

''I always said: 'This is the only job that will enable me to help you. And I think I have a chance to become a footballer.'

'They weren't sure about it because I was a long way from the capital and almost nobody from there had succeeded. So they were against the idea, and they never believed it, right up until the day when I signed my first professional contract.'

Mane first club was Metz before joining Red Bull Salzburg and then Sothampton before he was snap up by Liverpool.

Mane has now become a fan favourtite at Liverpool and his parent are really proud of him.

'For them, it wasn't possible. They weren't exactly wrong because it really wasn't straightforward, but I wanted to realise my dream of becoming a footballer,' he added

'I gave it everything. It got to the point where they didn't really have a choice, so they started helping me, and it worked. Today, they're all proud.'


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