“One of the best players in the history of Liverpool is leaving and we must recognize how significant he is. He leaves us at a time when he is one of the best footballers in the world, but we must not focus on what we lose, but celebrate what that we were privileged to have the goals he scored, the trophies he won. A legend, without a doubt”, said Jürgen Klopp, very appreciative and by way of farewell.
After a great 2015-16 season, in which he scored 11 Premier League goals and was vital for modest Southampton to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, he moved to Anfield and began a path that would take him to the top of football. European.
Since then he has won almost all possible titles: the European Champions League-European Super Cup-World Clubs World Cup triplet in 2019, the Premier 2019-20 and the English League Cup and the FA Cup in 2022. The only thing missing was the Community Shield, which networks they saw each other closely on two occasions, but ended up losing on penalties.
Sadio Mané receives his new shirt from Oliver Kahn and Herbert Hainer. Photo: EFE
An outstanding career with 120 goals in 269 gamessecond top scorer for the club during that period behind Mohamed Salah with 158 and second with the most games played after Roberto Firmino with 276.
However, this football love story has come to an end or, at least, has been put on pause. Although it was already known for several days that his next destination would be Bayern Munich, this Wednesday it was officially confirmed.
The German club, through its social networks, announced the arrival of the 30-year-old Senegalese, who signed a contract of 13.6 million euros per season until June 2025, more than double the 6.1 he received in Liverpool. The transaction was closed in a sum close to 43 million, including variables.
At the official presentation, the footballer expressed all his enthusiasm: “It was very important to meet him (Nagelsmann) and the project. When they explained to me what their ideas were, I was fascinated. I didn’t have to think twice, I said yes almost immediately. This is the right team for me.”
And he made clear the objectives for the upcoming season: “My whole life is a challenge, I love challenges. We have a great team, we want to win everything. All the players here are made to win titles.”
Later, Oliver Kahn, general manager of the club, had nothing but praise for the recent reinforcement: “We have managed to bring in a top-level player. He is very flexible, fast and has a huge goal danger. He is an absolute professional I liked that from the beginning. His hierarchy and his mentality will help raise the level of the team. He wants to win titles and he has come to the right place”, commented the emblematic German goalkeeper, who is still today the second player with the most presences in the history of Bayern.
President Herbert Hainer, for his part, went in the same direction and left words that encourage fans to get excited about what is to come: “We are proud to have brought a player to Bayern who lives up to our expectations. We must be one of the best clubs in the world.”
Sadio Mané signed a contract for 13.6 million euros per season until June 2025, more than double the 6.1 he received in Liverpool.
In turn, sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić was more effusive, referring to the recent Africa Cup winner as “a monster of mentality”. “Sadio is a world star. We are very happy and proud that he reinforces us ”, completed the former European and Intercontinental champion with the Bavarian team in the 2000-01 campaign.
In this way, a fundamental contract for the aspirations of the German giant is sealed, after the gap left by the departure of Robert Lewandowski, its scorer in recent years, and after continuing to delay the renewal of Serge Gnabry, another of its stars.