Mane splashes R16m transforming home village into a city

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Senegal and Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane
Senegal and Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane
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African superstar Sadio Mane is making significant headway in his quest to revolutionise his village in Senegal into a first-class city, with nearly R16 million said to have been spent on the project already. Here's a look!

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The Bayern Munich forward is considered to be one of the most down-to-earth players that the sport has to offer. The Liverpool legend has long admitted that he isn't fazed about material things, such as luxury cars and expensive clothing and jewelry, but is interested in sustainable development for those in need.

According to German outlet Bild, the 2022 African Footballer of the Year is the highest-earning Bayern footballer, with a salary of €22 million (R410 million) per season, including bonuses. The former Southampton man appears to spend a sizable chunk of his earnings on giving back to the community of Bambali in Senegal, where he was born and raised.

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Mane is funding several projects in the village in an charitable quest to turn the village into a well-resourced city. According to the Mirror, his staggering generousity has seen him pledge almost £750 000 (R15.9 million) on new buildings in the small town, including a £455 000 (R9.6 million) hospital he funded in 2021, which serves more than 30 nearby areas.

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He spent £250 000 building a secondary school with 2 000 pupils and offered €400 to each top performing student at the Bambali High School. Has also opened a brand new petrol station in June 2022 and vowed to build a post office in the community. His plans are said to be to grow the village economically and turn it into a smooth functioning area of the West African country, as he also gives each family in the small town a monthly support package of €70 (R1 307).

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