Former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane joins Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Pro League’s Al-Nassr


By India Today Sports Desk: Bayern Munich’s Senegal forward Sadio Mane has joined Al-Nassr after one season with the Bundesliga champions, the Saudi Pro League club said on Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed but media reports said the Saudis paid 40 million euros for the 31-year-old who had two more years left on his Bayern contract.

Sadio Mane, one of the best African players in the history of football is 31 years of age. His career took a significant turn when he joined the Premier League club Liverpool FC in 2016. The transfer fee of ã34 million made him the most expensive African player at the time. At Liverpool, Mane formed a formidable attacking trio with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Together, they led the team to back-to-back UEFA Champions League Finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter. Mane’s contribution was instrumental in ending Liverpool’s 30-year league title drought by winning the 2019–20 Premier League. In October 2021, he scored his 100th Premier League goal, becoming the third African to reach this landmark. His performances at Liverpool earned him recognition as one of the best players globally, finishing fourth and second in the 2019 and 2022 editions of the Ballon d’Or, respectively.

In the summer of 2022, Mane embarked on a new journey with Bayern Munich. The ã35 million deal was seen as one of the bargain deals of the 2022 summer transfer window. Despite suffering an injury that kept him out for three months, Mane made a strong comeback in February 2023. However, his tenure at Bayern was not without controversy. He was suspended and fined following reports of a physical altercation with teammate Leroy Sane. Despite these challenges, Mané helped Bayern win the Bundesliga after Borussia Dortmund conceded two points.

Mane’s time at Bayern Munich was short-lived as he recently completed his move to the Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr. This move marks another chapter in Mane’s illustrious career, which has been characterized by his incredible pace, technical ability, and knack for scoring goals in crucial moments. As he embarks on this new journey, fans worldwide will be watching closely, eager to see how this talented footballer continues to make his mark in the world of football.


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