Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mané has won CAF’s Best Player of the Year award, beating out Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez to win the award for the first time.
He becomes the second Senegalese player to win the award, with former Lens and Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf winning the award twice in 2001 and 2002.
It’s been a long time coming for Mané, he finished third in voting in 2017 behind second placed Pierre Emerick-Aubamayeng and winner Riyad Mahrez. In 2018 he was voted second behind Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.
The Sedhiou native had an astonishing year with Liverpool, winning the UEFA Champions League trophy, UEFA Super Cup, and most recently the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.
Sadio Mane’s Liverpool are way ahead of the other clubs in the English Premier League title race this season, with a total of 58 points from 20 games. He has scored a total of 11 goals and provided 6 assists in the league this season.
The Senegal star won the English Premier League golden boot last season with a total of 22 goals, an honour he shared with fellow Africans Mohamed Salah and Pierre Emerick-Aubamayeng. Mané finished 4th in the recent Balon d’Or ranking, as well as 9th in FIFA’s The Best rankings too.
On the International front, Sadio Mané played in all the seven games for Senegal at the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Mané scored a total of three goals and provided two assists which was enough to send his country to the finals, only to lose out to fellow nominee Riyad Mahrez’s Algerian side in the finals played in front of over 75,000 fans at the Cairo International Sports Stadium on July 19th.
His performances have caused clubs like Real Madrid to approach him over a potential transfer.