Sadio Mane has bought the French club Bourges Foot 18, a fourth-tier football team.
Sadio Mane, the Senegalese football star, departed Europe in the summer to join Saudi Pro League team Al-Nassr. He has long expressed his interest in purchasing a football club and his close relationship with Bourges Foot 18’s president, Cheikh Sylla, played a pivotal role in sealing the acquisition.
Following the completion of the deal Mane sent in a video message in which he said: “We’ve been working with the city for the past three years. We’re here to nurture and organise the club. The challenge is immense, but if the people of Bourges remain involved, I’m confident we can achieve our goals. I believe I’ll be visiting Bourges very soon.”
Bourges Foot 18 is situated approximately 250 kilometers from Paris, located in central France. Despite their history, the club has never competed beyond the second tier in French football (formerly known as Bourges 18).
Presently, Bourges finds themselves second from the bottom in Group B of the Championnat National. The club’s existence is relatively recent, having been formed just two years ago through a merger of two regional clubs.
The league comprises a diverse blend of amateur teams and professional clubs that field their reserve squads, including clubs like Toulouse and Angers.
Notably, it also includes teams such as Cannes, which have experienced a significant decline since launching the professional career of the French legend Zinedine Zidane.
Sadio Mane commenced his professional career slightly over a decade ago with the French club Metz before making a transition to Red Bull Salzburg.
His standout performances at Salzburg drew the attention of Southampton, who signed him to play in the Premier League, providing Mane with a platform to display his talents on the grandest stage.
Following his time at Southampton, Mane made a transfer to Liverpool, where he achieved a plethora of accolades, including the Premier League and the Champions League, and scored over 100 goals for the club.
He concluded his tenure at Anfield during the last summer and subsequently transitioned from Bayern Munich to Saudi Arabia.
While enjoying continued success in his career, Sadio Mane has gained a reputation for his generosity. He consistently acknowledges his roots and endeavors to assist those who are less fortunate.