"Mane is the new Ronaldo"

Sadio Mane (L) of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Virgil van Dijk

by Staff Reporter

Monday Dec 09, 2019. 08:00

Former Netherlands international Danny Blind has described Sadio Mane as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ of world football.

The Senegal international has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent seasons and is now regarded as one of the best players in the world.

Mane finished fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or after helping Liverpool to the Uefa Champions League title, and is favourite to be crowned CAF African Player of the Year next month.

In total, the 27-year-old has scored 13 goals and assisted a further seven in 21 appearances across all competitions this season, as the Reds remain unbeaten in the English Premier League.

“Sadio Mane is the new Ronaldo in world football,” Blind told Mirror Football.

“As an attacking player he is absolutely fantastic. I can go through all his qualities – and he is superb in every aspect.

“He can score with his left foot, right foot and with sensational headers.

“He can give brilliant assists, he is an incredible athlete, and I could go on even more!

He continued: “Mane is the super modern player. If you look at his skills, that is one great thing, but he is able to combine that with astonishing sprints right throughout the game.

“That requires so much power. You have to be incredibly strong both physically and mentally. Sadio has it all.”

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