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Mane's world shining in Bavarian colors

Xinhua
11 Aug 2022, 19:55 GMT+10

By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Munich's hairdressers are said to prepare for what might be one of their career highlights.

Since Sadio Mane announced to change the golden stripe in his hair to red if Bayern win the 2022-23 Champions League title, the number of appointments is reportedly growing.

While the Bavarian side still needs to kick the can down the road, the 30-year-old 2022 African Footballer of the Year seems to have taken his new club and its fans by storm.

The Senegal international's shirt has become a bestseller in the 2020 treble winners' shops, and the former Liverpool star is also on his way to becoming the most popular figure in Munich.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann and club leaders praise the effect triggered by the striker on his teammates, while Mane seems to easily conquer supporters' hearts.

"He is triggering energy among everyone. It's remarkable how he deals with fans and everyone in the club. He is a superstar but you don't see it," Nagelsmann trilled after the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations winner climbed the fence in front of Bayern's fans, taking a bullhorn to conduct their songs.

Mane recently lit up the club leader's eyes when turning up for extra training on a free day to join the reserve team.

During training sessions, he is talking to younger talents, encouraging them with words of advice, and handing out shoulder pads. One can see the 2019 Champions League winner in amusing chats with Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davies.

"He has entirely dedicated his football life to the club," the Bayern coach added.

In return, Bayern is creating a pleasant environment for its new arrival who joined only two months ago.

The reigning German champions signed one of Mane's closest friends from USL Dunkerque for the second team playing in Germany's third tier. With 29-year-old Desire Segbe Azankpo around, the striker's well-being seems to increasingly flourish.

The 2020 Premier League winner turned up for a game of Bayern's amateur team wearing a constant smile on his face when visiting the team's locker room.

While he covers several jobs on the pitch such as one of a box-striker or a number ten initiating attacks, the forward is expecting a growing number of Senegalese football fans to attend Bayern games.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see more and more Senegal flags in the Allianz Arena," Mane said while expressing a bold suggestion.

"We have 17 million football enthusiastic football fans in my home country. They will all turn into Bayern fans," the attacker told his over 12 million social media followers.

Meanwhile, Mane praises Bayern's family-like atmosphere and said this is going to help win some silverware. Not only Munich's hairdressers seem to eagerly look forward to additional titles.

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