Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, scored the winner against Norwich this evening to bring his total of goals in England up to the 100 mark.
It’s a remarkable achievement from the current African Player of the Year. From blossoming as a relative unknown at Southampton to now being one of the main men at Liverpool, Mane’s story has been a superb one.
Plenty of people baulked at the price Liverpool paid to land the forward back in 2016. Indeed, a reported £34m fee seemed a hefty sum to invest in someone with relatively little Premier League experience.
However, Mane has gone on to prove those people wrong and more than justify his price-tag. He’s done it with aplomb, too, scoring 44 and setting up a further 14 in the Premier League in the last three seasons.
It means, then, that Sadio Mane surely now has to be considered one of the best foreign imports we’ve ever seen.
In a list of players that contains some greats of the game, Mane should rightfully have his name on that list.
Foreign stars who Mane ranks alongside
There have been 100s of foreign players enter the Premier League. Some have massive success, while others completely flop and slip off the radar.
Mane is not one of those, though. He will be remembered as one of the best.
There are, of course, a number of of other fine foreign imports who have excelled as Mane has. In terms of African players, the likes of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure stand out from the crowd. Both were title winners and both were huge characters in their respective squads.
In terms of the position Mane plays, how can you look past the likes of Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo?
Both world-renowned superstars who took the English game by storm before going on to dominate La Liga, as well as win trophies on the international stage.
There are plenty of others, too. Gianfranco Zola, Eric Cantona, even current teammate, Mo Salah, are all deserving of mentions.
The fact of the matter is that Sadio Mane deserves credit.
Winning the Premier League this season, then, will be richly-deserved for a player who was once written off as ‘overpriced’.