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Rising star Assane Diao considers Senegalese icon Sadio Mané as role model

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Amidst speculation about his future sporting nationality, Assane Diao, touted as one of Real Betis’s promising talents, has hinted at his admiration for Senegalese football maestro Sadio Mané.

Hailing from Ndongane, the young forward embarked on a journey to Spain at a tender age, eventually acquiring Spanish nationality.

Despite representing Spain in youth teams, the 18-year-old remains eligible to change his footballing allegiance as per FIFA regulations.

In a recent statement to the Iberian press, Diao reflected on his inspiration, citing Sadio Mané as his role model.

He praised the Senegalese star not only for his prowess on the field but also for the values he embodies both on and off the pitch.

Diao acknowledged the profound impact of Mané’s example, not just on himself but also on numerous individuals.

By expressing his admiration for Mané, Diao subtly hinted at his affinity for his Senegalese roots and a potential desire to represent Senegal in the future.

Diao’s emergence as a dual-national talent has sparked interest in his future international career, with football pundits speculating on his possible allegiance.

Despite the uncertainty, Diao’s dedication to his craft has been evident throughout the current season, featuring in 33 matches across all competitions and netting 6 goals.

According to Transfermarkt, Diao’s market value stands at an impressive 15 million euros, reflecting the high regard in which he is held in the footballing world.

As Diao continues to make strides in his career, his admiration for Sadio Mané serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring influence of footballing icons and the role they play in shaping the aspirations of emerging talents like himself.

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