At the Ballon d’Or event in Paris, France, Sadio Mane, a Senegalese-born footballer received the Socrates Award, making him the first recipient of the honor.
The award is aimed at honoring a player’s accomplishments and humanitarian efforts.
Sadio Mane is among the greatest players to have ever represented Senegal, and he has provided his home nation not only awards (he scored the game-winning penalty in the 2022 African Cup of Nations final), but also a sizable sum of money for crucial causes.
In his hometown of Bambali, he gave a hospital a £500,000 donation.
In response to the outbreak, he sent the Senegalese government £41,000.
In his native Senegal village of Bambali, he gave £250,000 to build a new secondary school.