Sadio Mane's pride on winning the CAF African Player of the Year
It's been a long time in coming for Sadio Mane, but the Senegal winger has finally gained the recognition his quality has deserved.
The 27 year old, signed from Southampton in 2016 and has gradually improved season on season, to the point where many have agreed he's probably been the best attacking player in the world in the last 12 months.
But while he may not have got the recognition for his 2019 which included 32 goals and 12 assists in 54 games on the world stage just yet, he has finally been recognised by his own continent as the CAF African Player of the Year.
On receiving the honour, and returning to Melwood, Mane said (via Liverpoolfc.com: "I am of course very happy and proud to win this award and I want to dedicate it to everyone who has helped me on my journey from the very beginning.
"It was my plan to first fly to Senegal to thank the people of my country and recognise them for everything they have given me on my journey, but unfortunately we were unable to make the visit.
"Now we have a big match against Tottenham this weekend which I must focus on and be ready for, but it is true I am disappointed I was unable to return home to say thank you because of some problems beyond our control.
"So, I will return to Senegal as soon as possible because it is something very important to me – I will never forget what everybody did for me, everybody who believed in me and everybody who gave me the chance to play football."