Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané has revealed his two footballing idols.
The 26-year-old has has enjoyed a meteoric rise since his move to English Premier League rivals Southampton and ultimately Anfield, with the forward firmly establishing himself as one of the most potent attackers in world football.
While Mané is adored by the Reds faithful, fellow countryman El-Hadji Diouf is not. But, despite Diouf's controversial stay on Merseyside, Mané has earmarked the 2002 FIFA World Cup star as one of his idols alongside Brazilian great Ronaldinho.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Mané said: "When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal.
"They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a footballer. They were skillful players and good dribblers who beat their opponents easily.
"I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I’ve got more experience, there are some useless things that I don’t do anymore. It’s all about making and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their powers."
Mané , who has scored four goals in four games this season, is among the nominees for the 2018 FIFA World XI. He contributed directly to 29 goals in 44 appearances last season.