Sadio Mane Reveals Why He Joined Ronaldo's Al Nassr in Saudi League

Sadio Mane Reveals Why He Joined Ronaldo's Al Nassr in Saudi League

Raphael Abiola
updated at September 13, 2023 at 7:19 AM
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  • Sadio Mane has revealed the reason behind his move to the Saudi Pro League
  • The former Liverpool winger has teamed with Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr
  • The Senegalese forward has been impressive since joining the Saudi giants

Former Liverpool winger, Sadio Mane has revealed why he joined Portuguese veteran, Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League.

The Senegalese international joined Al-Nassr in the summer transfer window from Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich for a reported fee of €30 million after just one season with the Bavarians.

Mane was linked with moves to several top sides in Europe but ultimately opened for a switch to Saudi Arabia.

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Sadio Mane reveals why he joined Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League. Photo: Essa Doubisi.
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Despite struggling in the German top flight due to injury, loss of form, and a spat with teammate, Leroy Sane, the Senegalese star was still in high demand.

According to a report by ESPN via Sportskeeda, the 31-year-old has claimed his family played a huge role in his decision to move to the Saudi Pro League.

"My family encouraged me to come to Saudi Arabia, especially since it is a Muslim country. My mother was very happy and insisted that I chose Al-Nassr," he said.

While Mane's move to Al-Nassr came as a surprise to many, his journey so far with the Knights of Najd has yielded a good return as he has formed a dynamic duo with Ronaldo on the attacking line.

The former Bayern Munich player has so far scored five goals in six games across all competitions and helped the team claim the Arab Club Champions Cup earlier this year.

Mane 'shoves' Ronaldo for 'acting like coach'

Sports Brief previously reported on the camaraderie between Mane and Ronaldo which was evident during the recent game between Al-Nassr and Al-Shabab.

Both players received a well-deserved rest from coach, Luis Castro, with the Senegalese substituted in the 81st minute and the Portuguese in the 86th minute.

During their time on the bench, the 31-year-old and his captain enjoyed a light-hearted moment when Ronaldo was seen giving instructions to the team on the pitch.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.