Mane: Messi voting me The Best shows how far I’ve come

Sadio Mane admits it was a “great compliment” to be Lionel Messi’s number one vote for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

“It’s a great compliment when Messi votes for you,” Mane said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“If you look at where I’ve come from, it shows I’ve come quite far. Without being for a long time at an academy, I got here.

“All I can say [to kids] is to keep working hard and go for your dream.”

“He was talking too much and I said, ‘Wow, this is going to be tough for me because I’m a little bit quiet.’

“Klopp is a really nice guy. Everybody loves him and that is more important, to be honest [than all the talking].

“He is a bit of a funny guy but at the same time he is a serious guy.”