Millionaire Footballer Sadio Mane Explains Why He Doesn't Replace His Cracked Phone

March 11, 2020

Sadio Mane, born in Senegal, is a professional footballer who plays for Liverpool, the reigning champs of the UEFA Champions League.

The 27-year-old soccer star makes over $100,000 a week playing for Liverpool but he walks around with a cracked cell phone.

Sadio Mane phone

His fans wanted to know why he didn't just buy a new one. His answer was so incredibly humble.

"Why would I want ten Ferraris, twenty diamond watches and two jet planes? What would that do for the world?" Mane said in an interview with TeleDakar.

"I starved, I worked in the fields, I played barefoot, and I didn't go to school.

Now I can help people.

I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing.

I have built schools [and] a stadium; we provide clothes, shoes, and food for people in extreme poverty.

In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people from a very poor Senegalese region in order to contribute to their family economy.

I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips, and even planes.

I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me."

As it turned out, the iPhone Mane was carrying wasn't even purchased by himself. He revealed in the same interview that the iPhone was gifted to him by teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.

Mane said that even though he could easily replace it he chose instead to honor his friendship with Wijnaldum.

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