WATCH: They laughed when I turned up with no boots – The Unreal story of Sadio Mane

From leaving home at nine years-old with no boots to a Champions League-winner, the Liverpool and Senegal star’s remarkable journey to the top

Some stories are so unreal you could barely make them up.

Like the kid who left home at nine years-old for the bright lights of the big city, only to rock up to a football trial without even any boots.

They all laughed at him – but it’s fair to say the boy from Bambali showed them.

Fast forward a couple of decades and Sadio Mane now stands tall alongside world football’s elite.

A Champions League-winner’s medal on the dresser, a Premier League golden boot on the mantel.

Unreal, huh?

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