'I am convinced': Sadio Mané sends message to fans after Liverpool legend's World Cup blow
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'I am convinced': Sadio Mané sends message to fans after Liverpool legend's World Cup blow

Former Liverpool forward Sadio Mané sent a message to fans after his World Cup blow this week. The Senegal star misses the tournament.

Sadio Mané finished second in the Ballon d’Or voting this year but won’t be able to cap off 2022 with the World Cup. An injury in his final fixture with Bayern Munich keeps him out, robbing him of the chance to represent Senegal as their star player.

It’s a massive blow for Mané, who enjoyed a remarkable start to the year. He won the Africa Cup of Nations with his country before embarking on a magnificent spell of form with Liverpool. The forward very nearly won everything in a five-month span.

The support for Mané has been fantastic, of course. He’s a well-loved player, after all, and no one likes to see a star miss the World Cup.

Mané has now responded to those messages, too, in an Instagram post.

“Good evening to all,” he wrote. “Many of you have sent me messages of support following my injury. Thank God, the operation I underwent in the middle of the week went well, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all and show my appreciation.

“This Monday, our dear country will enter the World Cup, Qatar 2022. I am sure that the Lions will transcend themselves and will approach every match as a real final.

“I am also convinced that all Senegalese will be in front of the television to support and encourage our valiant national team. Like all the fans of the Tanière, I am convinced that my teammates will fight as one man and as they are used to do in order to honour our dear Sénégal.

“Vive le Sénégal, Allez the Lions.”

Sadio Mané addresses World Cup blow

It’s devastating for Mané, who joins Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema on the sidelines. It’s now a tournament arguably missing 2022’s two best players.

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Mané helped Senegal through a play-off against Egypt for their place, too. His qualification meant Mohamed Salah wasn’t able to go – now neither will compete in Qatar.

A huge shame for Mané, then, who can hopefully bounce back in 2023.

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