Sadio Mané's remarkable rise from rural Senegal to becoming a world and European champion with Liverpool is the subject of a new self-narrated documentary, Sadio Mané: Made in Senegal.
Watch Excerpt of the Documentary.
Mané has been unstoppable in recent seasons, playing a key role as the Reds won the Champions League in 2018/19 before firing 18 goals and providing 12 assists this term as Jürgen Klopp's men march towards a first Premier League title.
Now widely considered among the top five players in the world, the 28-year-old's been pretty damn good. So good, in fact, that someone has decided to make a documentary about his story.
Sadio Mané: Made in Senegal retraces the forward's footsteps from humble beginnings in the village of Bambali in the south of his home country to the bright lights of Anfield. The player himself narrates, while the film also features commentaries from Klopp - including the controversial story about their first encounter - and his Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
Even the most ardent Man Utd or Everton fan will appreciate how moving Mané's story is. We learn that his father died when he was just seven years old, and that he was forced to defy his Muslim family to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Alongside the interviews, the documentary features clips of Mané’s day-to-day Premier League routine, archive footage of Liverpool's glorious 2019 Champions League campaign, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, his ongoing projects in Senegal and even animation to reveal the player’s personal thoughts and feelings to the audience.
Speaking about the doc, Mané said: “I wanted to show to the people that you can achieve anything in the world, if you are ready to build on your dreams and put in hard work.
"That’s something I am proud of. I am Made in Senegal.”
The documentary is available in Europe on for free on the Rakuten TV streaming service, and on Canal + in Francophone countries in Africa. The 72-minute film is also available on a pay-per-view basis in the areas where it isn't available to stream at www.made-in-senegal.com
for $1-$2, with all proceeds going to charity.