Poor African Guy Becomes Rich Football Player, Uses Money to Help Poor Countrymen

With a salary of 10 million euro ($11.1 million), Sadio Mané can buy a dozen Ferraris a year – and still have plenty of money to spare for other luxury shopping items. But this young man inspired everyone because he uses his money to help his poor countrymen as he looks back on his roots as one of them, having been poor himself when he was younger.

Born in Senegal to a poor family, Sadio was used to walking barefoot – and playing football barefoot! As a kid, he and his friends would play football in the streets and any place they hang out in, because the sport is popular in the area.

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But because they didn’t really have much money, they played barefoot; but they certainly had a lot of fun!

The Senegalese professional footballer plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team. He began his professional career with Metz in France before transferring to Red Bull Salzburg in 2012.

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He was signed by Southampton in 2014, before Liverpool got him in 2016 for a whopping fee of £34 million ($43.7 million). This makes him the most expensive African player in history at that time. But Liverpool didn’t mind because they got a good deal; he’s a fantastic player.

Still, Sadio is the most low-key of the three members of Liverpool’s trident attack. Not much is known about his personal life, except that he uses much of his money to help his countrymen. He does have a beautiful house and a nice car, an Audi; yet most of his earnings go to Senegal.

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Sadio is quoted to have said this:

“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 I had to work in the field; I survived hard times, played football barefooted, I did not have an education and many other things, but today with what I earn thanks to football, I can help my people.

I built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes, food for people who are 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 do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips and even planes. I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me.”

Isn’t that impressive? God bless you, Sadio…

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Sources: Gulf Youth Sport / Facebook, AS Football, WT Football, Wikipedia / Sadio Mane