Mané or El-Hadji Diouf? Souleymane Diawara has decided

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Currently in turmoil following the affair of his altercation with his club teammate Leroy Sané, striker Sadio Mané (Bayern Munich) is nonetheless a world-class player. A former Senegalese international praises him.

And you, are you more like El-Hadji Diouf or Sadio Mané? With 24 goals in 70 selections for Diouf and 34 pawns in 94 games with the Lions of Teranga for Mané, the two players have, whatever happens, marked their time in selection. If Sadio Mané can boast of having won the CAN in 2021, a trophy that Diouf has always missed, the latter can highlight the route to the 2002 World Cup, where the Senegalese players had thrilled all their people by going to the quarter-finals. The African Ballon d’Or criterion, which could settle the debate, is not even able to do so since they have won it twice each.

Asked to name the best player in the history of the senegalese football at the microphone of Canal +, the former international Souleymane Diawara (51 selections) decided on Friday: “In terms of realism, statistics, awards, I would say Sadio Mané.“Even if for the ex-manager of Olympique de Marseille, another former Red does not deserve: “El Hadji Diouf was more beautiful to watch and more elegant because he is a very technical player. He offered entertainment to the spectators who came to the stadium “.

A contrasting club season

If Mané is today the boss of the Lions of Teranga, he is nonetheless in sporting difficulty this season. After making Liverpool happy for six years (121 goals in 269 games), the current Bayern Munich player is struggling. Although his statistics remain very correct (11 goals in 32 games), they remain lower than what can be expected from a player ranked second in the last Ballon d’Or. In defense of the top scorer in the history of Senegal: his injury to the right fibula. The latter deprived him of the World Cup 2022 and visibly prevents it from regaining its former level.

Not on good terms with Julian Nagelsmann, the former coach, Sadio Mané can in any case count on the support of Thomas Tuchel, the new technician in place since the end of last month. Confidence in the field, but also vis-à-vis the “case” of his altercation with Leroy Sané after the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City (3-0 defeat) on Tuesday. An unusual story to forget for Sadio Mané, who has so much more to offer when he is in full possession of his means on the green rectangle.

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