Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has been named as CAF African Player of the Year for 2019, scooping the award for the very first time.
The former Southampton man was voted his continent’s best player ahead of Anfield team-mate Mo Salah and Manchester City wideman Riyad Mahrez.
It has been an exceptional year for Mane, scooping three trophies with Liverpool and playing a major part in their position atop the Premier League.
He won the Champions League and Premier League Golden Boot – which is a staggering achievement for a winger – and in the summer, he helped his native Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Liverpool fans were thrilled for the winger, who fully deserves his award and will likely be in contention for the end of season accolades in the Premier League.
He looks set to become a Premier League winner as well and the Reds fans will want to see more of the same from the winger in 2020.
Mane is going from strength to strength and we’ve put together the best of the reaction on Twitter from Liverpool fans congratulating their man on the prize.
— 🔴 (@ChrisvLFC) January 7, 2020
My Guy❤ pic.twitter.com/EA4BrOOHln
— NabySzn (@NabyKeitaSzn) January 7, 2020
Imagine my shock
— ً (@TheImmortalKop) January 7, 2020
Well deserved, been a long time coming. Truly a great guy on and off the field. Well done Sadio and all the other nominees. YNWA….💯♥️the reds.
— Thokozani Shongwe (@ThokozaniShon13) January 7, 2020
— YNWA (@LordSadio) January 7, 2020
KING OF AFRICA.
— Léxi (@lfclexi) January 7, 2020
— Esther Lois (@littlemiss_lane) January 7, 2020
Congrats super Sadio! pic.twitter.com/GE7yFTIMtf
— 🇮🇪Harry🍀 (@HarryLombardi) January 7, 2020
Fully deserved. Been our best player this season. Legend pic.twitter.com/FhZgi87PZ8
— LP (@peerso2001) January 7, 2020
Yerrsssssss! Fabulous news for a player who absolutely merits this award! Sadio has been outstanding for Liverpool and Senegal, all while remaining totally grounded and helping many people in his home country who are less fortunate than him.
— VorsprungdurchJürgen ✋🏻☝🏻 (@happydobbin44) January 7, 2020
My Man My Mané.🔴⭐⚽
— AYOBAMI! Si Señor!!! (@dosunmujr) January 7, 2020
Ice running through his veins. Pace. Electricity.
Pure Senegalese magic.
— LFC_SMO (@lfc_smo) January 7, 2020