Soccer star Sadio Mané has come a long way, but he’ll never forget where he started.
The talented 27-year-old began playing the sport he loves without shoes in his hometown in Senegal and is now a well-known forward on the Liverpool team. But rather than use his winnings to solely benefit himself, he’s looking for ways to give back to his community.
Growing up was difficult for Mané. He said he was often hungry and “survived hard times.” Not to mention, he didn’t receive an education and had to “work in the field” to bring money home.
That eventually changed because of his incredible rise in the soccer world, but no matter how much he earns, he has no interest in living like he’s rich and famous.
“Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches, or two planes?” he asked. “What will these objects do for me and for the world?”
Instead, the gifted athlete is using his earnings to help people, particularly those who are in the same place he was before his career took off.
Over the years, he’s helped build schools and a stadium, provided clothing, and delivered food to those in need. He also donates a portion of his income to individuals living in poverty in Senegal each month.
Sadio Mane could be anywhere in the world on holiday after a long season…
He’s currently in his village in Senegal to check on a €270k school he’s financing.
He’s already paid for a hospital, and he regularly gives out money to families. pic.twitter.com/NOkTWka51G
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 28, 2019
Mané has done so much for others that no one would blame him for spending more on himself, but he has no desire to flaunt his wealth. He’d rather focus on building a hospital and sharing his prosperity in every way he can.
This kind of generosity is nothing short of inspiring! Mané’s determination to show love and compassion to his community is something we can all imitate, even if it’s on a smaller scale.
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