Sadio Mane Reveals ‘The Secret Conversation’ With Cristiano Ronaldo That Convinced Him To Move To Al Nassr: Sadio Mane, currently plying his trade with Bayern Munich, has set the football world abuzz. News has emerged that he is primed to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.
This development follows intense speculation around the Senegalese forward’s future. Mane, who joined Bayern Munich from Liverpool last summer for £35.1 million, had a mixed season. His signing was seen as a replacement for the prolific Robert Lewandowski. However, a tally of just seven Bundesliga goals in 25 appearances did not meet expectations.
Furthermore, he had an uphill battle with injury. Also, he faced disciplinary action from the club after an alleged altercation with teammate Leroy Sane, post Bayern’s Champions League loss to Manchester City. According to a report by L’Equipe, these factors now seem to have paved the way for his impending move to Al-Nassr.
While the agreement with the Saudi club is not yet fully sealed, the talks are reportedly progressing. This move could see Mane teaming up with Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, having parted ways with Manchester United in January, had earlier joined Al-Nassr.
Mane and Ronaldo share a cordial relationship, a fact which Mane revealed in a conversation with Bild. Recalling his encounter with Ronaldo, he said, “I met Cristiano Ronaldo in Mallorca before this season after my move was completed.”
Ronaldo had congratulated him on his move from Liverpool to Bayern, commending it as a ‘great step.’ The respect Ronaldo showed for the Bundesliga, according to Mane, clearly reflected in his words: “A great club! This is a great step for you!”
However, in contrast to Ronaldo’s optimism, Mane’s journey at Bayern turned out to be less than stellar. His performance has attracted criticism, notably from the current manager, Thomas Tuchel. Earlier this month, Tuchel gave a harsh critique of Mane’s stint at Bayern, stating that the forward had “fallen short of expectations.”
As the dust settles on this chapter, all eyes are now on the possible new partnership between Ronaldo and Mane at Al-Nassr. The question on everyone’s mind is whether this change of scenery will rekindle Mane’s form and bring out the best in the talented forward. This story continues to develop, promising a fascinating next phase in Mane’s career.