Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has revealed that his parents told him chasing a football career was a “waste of time”.
Mane has formed one of the most deadly attacking trio in world football alongside Salah and Firmino at Liverpool.
The 26-year-old said his parents eventually started to support him when he signed his first contract but didn’t believe it was possible initially.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, Mane Said :
“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 moved to Europe in 2011 when he signed for Metz, before moves Red Bull Salzburg, Southampton and then Liverpool.
“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.”
“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.”
The Senegalese is joint top scorer in the Premier League on four goals- with Alexandra Mitrovic – and would be looking to add to that tally on Saturday against Spurs.