Sadio Mane shares what Cristiano Ronaldo told him privately after leaving Liverpool for Bayern Munich
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Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed what Cristiano Ronaldo told him in a private exchange while on holiday after completing his sensational transfer to Bayern Munich.
Mane arrived at Liverpool in 2016 from Southampton in a deal worth £34m and thrived in his six seasons under Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
The 30-year-old Senegalese winger forged an effective attacking trident with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino during his glittering Liverpool playing career.
Mane, who scored 120 times in 269 appearances for Liverpool, lifted a Premier League title, a Champions League, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his time at Anfield.
The Senegal international completed his stunning move to Bayern in a deal worth £35m last summer after not signing a new contract with Liverpool.
Mane revealed that he crossed paths with Al Nassr superstar Ronaldo in Mallorca and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a heartwarming exchange with him.
“I met Cristiano Ronaldo in Mallorca before this season after my move was completed,” he told German newspaper Bild.
“He congratulated me and told me, ‘A great club! This is a great step for you!’”
Mane has been enjoying life in Germany after his move from Liverpool, with the Senegal winger scoring 11 times in 24 appearances for Bayern this season.
The Reds have struggled without Mane this season, with Klopp’s men nine points adrift from the Premier League top four.
Klopp has faced mounting pressure on him in recent weeks over Liverpool’s lack of consistency after the Reds’ Champions League collapse against Real Madrid.
However, Mane believes that Liverpool will “overcome” their current predicament and insisted that Klopp is “definitely the right man” for the club.
“Liverpool will be back. I’m convinced they will overcome this situation,” he said.
“They had many injuries and tough tests, but Jurgen Klopp is definitely the right man.
“He will lead Liverpool back up, from this season -- the players love him.”
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