“My Parents Told Me Football Was A Waste Of Time & I’d Never Succeed At It.”- Sadio Mane Reveals How He Defied His Naysayers

Sadio Mane is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club, Liverpool and the Senegal national football team.

Told by his parents he was wasting his time, the 26-year-old Liverpool attacker has certainly proved them wrong as he has made a success of himself through his skills.

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, the footballer revealed how his parents told him his pursuit of a football career was a “waste of time”, right up until he signed his first contract.

Mane has developed into one of the key parts of a dangerous Liverpool attack, alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. The Senegal professional footballer said his parents never believed a career in football was a possibility, urging him to instead study to become a teacher.

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“I was born in a village where there had never been a footballer who’d made it in the major championships.”
”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 signed his first deal in 2011, joining Metz, before moving to Red Bull Salzburg and Southampton prior to his Liverpool switch. The winger said his parents eventually accepted his career choice and supported his decision.
“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,” Mane said.
“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.”
Mane has scored four goals in as many Premier League games to start this season, with Liverpool returning to action with a trip to Tottenham on Saturday.

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