Watch: Sadio Mane falls to the floor after hilarious Virgil van Dijk prank
Sadio Mane was the victim of a funny Virgil van Dijk prank ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Mane, who has already won the Africa Cup of Nations, Carabao Cup and FA Cup in 2022, scored an equaliser against Madrid in the 2018 final but a brace from Gareth Bale meant that he had to settle for a runners-up medal.
The Senegal international lifted the Champions League trophy in Madrid a year later and is now hoping to win it for a second time.
As the Liverpool squad trained on the Stade de France pitch ahead of the final, Mane showed no signs of nerves and decided to start shoulder bumping with some of his team-mates.
He went to do the same with Van Dijk but the defender ducked out of the way and Mane was sent flying to the ground.
The 2022 Champions League final could also be Mane’s last appearance for Liverpool. His contract expires next summer, and the 30-year-old has recently been linked with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
“I think the answer I can give you now is I feel very good,” Mane recently said when asked about his future.
“I am fully focused on Saturday’s game, that is the answer I must give before the final. But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.
“I love what I am doing and I sacrifice myself all the time. I am working hard every single day on the pitch and in the gym and I get better and better, that’s the most important. I am trying my best to help the team.”
Virgil van Dijk ruined Sadio Mane. ☠️😂 pic.twitter.com/8OBB2cs4ft
— Champions League final on CBS & Paramount+ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 27, 2022
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 28, 2022