Wednesday Mar 31, 2021. 10:00
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has named Liverpool FC star Sadio Mane as the best African player he has faced in the English Premier League.
The England international was asked to name the greatest African player he has come up against since his league debut in 2015 during a Twitter Q&A.
“I think there’s some great African talent in [the] league at [the] moment. Mane particularly,” Rashford wrote.
Rashford has faced top African footballers such as including Yaya Toure, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Premier League.
However, it was Mane who got the nod from Rashford, who is one of the top attackers in England.
Mane, who was named 2019 CAF African Footballer of the Year, is regarded as one of the best players in the world having finished fourth for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
In the award for the Best FIFA Men’s Player, the 28-year-old player was ranked fifth in 2019 and fourth in 2020.
Mane helped Liverpool reach back-to-back UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter.
The speedy attacker also finished as the league’s joint-top goalscorer in the 2018/19 season, winning the Premier League Golden Boot.
He then helped end Liverpool’s 30-year league title drought by winning the 2019/20 Premier League title.