Life is packed of both happy and sad moments, and while there are days when we wish there was a blueprint to follow, life simply wouldn’t be the same without the unpredictability. Although the road of life does not get any simpler as we get older, we do appear to get a greater understanding of it as our perspectives change.

Life is unpredictable, so never give up. The early lives and how Sadio Mane and Edouard Mendy became who they’re today are detailed below:

  • Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane was born on April 10, 1992, in Sedhiou, Senegal, and grew up in the small community of Bambali in southern Senegal. Mane lives in the village with one of his uncles because his parents had so many children that they couldn’t care for them all.

As a result, he chose to live with his uncle, where he would be exposed to hard labor. Because his parents were both poor, Mane began pulling a wheelbarrow one day in the hopes of assisting himself.

Despite the obstacles, Sadio Mane never tends to give up on his desire, as he wakes up every morning to play football with his friends on the street and picks up his wheelbarrow business to earn some money for himself to buy some necessities.

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He’ll never forget how he went from being a street player to being a hero on his feet at the age of 15. However, until he was called up to represent his country in the 2002 World Cup, the dream seemed like a daydream to him.

His desire to be a professional player began when his country, Senegal, advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup after defeating host nation France in the group match opener, marking his first participation at the international level.

He informed his mother that he had arrived in France one day, but she did not believe him. His mother was doubtful. So Mane began to train hard in order to become a professional footballer, and he began to miss home because life in Senegal had changed.

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He continued to thrive in Metz until being called up to represent Senegal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He was so good there that he was transferred to RB Salzburg, where he scored 42 league goals in 80 appearances. From there, he was sent to Southampton in the English Premier League and then to Liverpool, where he is still regarded like a son by Jurgen Klopp.

Sadio Mane was named African Player of the Year for 2019 today, defeating Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Algeria striker Riyad Mahrez.

  • Mendy Edouard Osoque

Mendy became gifted with football from a young age. The young goalkeeper’s parents encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional goalkeeper by enrolling him at Le Havre Caucriauville football club when he was seven years old.

Unfortunately, Mendy was not Le Havre Athletic Club’s first-choice goalkeeper and he was forced to stick behind a more talented Zacharie Boucher. As a result of this outcome, the goalie was assigned to CS Municipaux.

Unfortunately, things did not work out, and the 22-year-old goalkeeper was laid off. As a result, the goalie joined the large list of unemployed persons and began looking for work in Northern France. Mendy took a year off from soccer before deciding to retire.

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Edouard Mendy’s family consoled him after he lost his job and encouraged him to return to the sport. Thankfully, the goalkeeper gave soccer another shot and returned to Le Havre, where he continued to play soccer for a year without receiving any compensation.

Fortunately, Marseille was looking for a goalkeeper to replace reserves Brice Samba and Julien Fabri, and Edouard jumped at the chance to apply and pass the club’s trial. He was then promoted to fourth-string goalkeeper.

Edouard’s soccer career followed a new path after joining the club. He contributed to his club’s third-place finish, qualifying them for the Champions League. The goalie became well-known for his dedication and received high praise from many people, including Rennes and Chelsea star Petr Cech, who recommended Frank Lampard to sign him.

 

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