Reigning African footballer of the year, Sadio Mane, has expressed the importance for him and other football players to give a helping hand to those in need.
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The Senegalese forward beat competition from Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, and Manchester City rival Riyad Mahrez to win his first CAF best player award.
Mane had an impressive 2018-19 season with his Premier League club - helping them clinch the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and later on in 2019, the FIFA Club World Cup.
The winger also reached the final of last year's AFCON championship staged in Egypt but lost the title to Algeria.
After being crowned Africa's best, Mane explained that his job is playing football, but added that he loves to put smiles on peoples' faces.
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"I think we are role models which is really important for us to show a good example and also to help people who need it, even if it is not football players but every kind of human beings who have a need.
"Every human can help, a smile, visiting the ill, giving each other a hand, all this is important in this life.”
Mane further explained that it will be too early to speak about who would win this season's Premier League title, but insisted that it would be his joy - and that of his teammates - to clinch the silverware.
"It has been an amazing season for me and my teammates, we had a great season and we won some trophies. I have been to final with my national team as well.
"I can't complain but to keep working harder and harder to win more trophies, which is important to all players. It is a dream of any player in the world to win these kinds of trophies.
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"Football is my job, I really love it and I really love to enjoy every single minute on the field, especially training as well.
"I think it's really early to talk about the Premier League but it is important to us to win the Premier League as well as the Champions League which will not be easy for us but yeah, we are Liverpool, we are a great club. We will just carry on and fight for it."
Sadio Mane is fast becoming a brighter revelation in football space despite coming from a local Senegalese community Bambali.
This is all thanks to his sheer humility in the face of broadening celebrity temptation.
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