Hello and welcome to BOYSTUFF! The salaries of professional footballers have evolved considerably in recent years, sometimes reaching astronomical sums. Some stars of the game are receiving salaries that defy understanding, as is the case of Neymar Junior, who earns no less than 36.8 million euros a year. But the fact that they are paid more than the Queen of England has an impact on the modesty of these players, who usually take a big hit and disappear completely as they earn even more money.
The example of Cristiano Ronaldo, slamming his money into cars and palaces and arrogantly displaying the signs of his wealth, is representative of a footballing environment undermined by egocentricity and narcissism. But just as every rule has an exception, the case of Sadio Mane proves that it is possible to be rich and famous while keeping your feet on the ground and your head on your shoulders. This brilliant player with an exciting success story played football barefoot on gravel, before rubbing shoulders with the biggest stars on the pitch. Starting from nothing and coming from a very poor family in Senegal, Sadio is now one of the highest paid players on the planet, and his fortune continues to grow as his talent unleashes its full potential. But far from wasting his money on stupid material trivia, the player has chosen a wiser path, the one of reason. So, sit back and relax, because today we’re going to find out How Sadio Mane spends his millions, and you’ll see that it’s really amazing. Let’s get started!
Before talking about his fortune and how he spends his millions, it would be wiser to tell you about the character, and how he started his brilliant career. Sadio Mané was born on 10 April 1992 in Bambali, a small village in Moyenne-Casamance, in the south of Senegal in West Africa. The natural splendor of this forested region is matched only by the extreme precariousness of the population, which has had to face the horrors of civil conflict since 1982. Indeed, in Casamance, where Sadio Mané grew up, the situation is far from being as peaceful as in the rest of Senegal. From the beginning of the years 1980 until 2005, after the ceasefire, there was a fierce conflict between the independent rebel forces Movement of the democratic forces de Casamance who were demanding independence for the region, and the army of the government of the country, causing the deaths of several hundred people during clashes, not to mention the many victims of anti-personnel mines afterwards.
The minefields preventing their exploitation, people very quickly suffered famine in Bambali, as in several other villages, largely dependent on the land. On 10 April 1992, in conditions of extreme poverty, the man who would later become the best wingman in the world was born. Fortunately, very early on, little Sadio was infected with the football virus, and with a ball at his feet, he showed virtuoso qualities. However, he had to fight not only against need, but also against the advice of his father, an imam of a mosque in his state, who did not see his son’s passion for football in a positive light. The latter would even go so far as to beat him to dissuade him from playing football, but he soon realised that it was pointless, especially when his 15-year-old son ran away for a week to try his luck in the capital Dakar.
Finally, Sadio Mané persuaded his family to let him leave the village to meet trainers in the city. He then went to M’bour, the biggest football town in Senegal, with his little makeshift equipment, shabby shorts and damaged shoes. A local talent spotter spotted the future star and pointed him towards AS Foot Generation, one of Dakar’s many clubs. A significant advantage as this club is part of the Foot Generation nursery, which is scrutinized by European clubs looking for promising young players. Placed on the side of the attack, Sadio is doing wonders and contributes to the club’s accession to the Senegalese second division at the end of the 2010-2011 season.
He then joins France and FC Metz, conquered by his touch of the ball, always in partnership with Foot Generation. But despite his promising debut, Sadio will not shine so much in France, because landed freshly in an icy Europe and far from its African sun, he has trouble acclimatizing and even suffers from a pubalgia that causes him great pain, but he hides it all the same to be sure to play. His potential is not lost on anyone, however, and the Red Bull Salzburg, won over by the player, does not skimp on the means to buy him in Metz. Sadio signed with the Austrian club in exchange for four million euros, then the third highest transfer fee in the history of FC Metz.