Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has labelled Liverpool counterpart Sadio Mane a “wild animal” on the pitch - insisting every manager would love to have him in their team.

Gabon’s Aubameyang and Senegal’s Mane are two of the greatest African footballers of all time, with the former scooping Africa’s Footballer of the Year award while at Borussia Dortmund in 2015.

Mane is the current holder of the prize, having claimed it last year amid his stunning goalscoring form for then-European and future Premier League champions Liverpool.

And Aubameyang has waxed lyrical about his fellow African, branding him a “wild animal” as soon as the referee blows the opening whistle.

Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has labelled Liverpool counterpart Sadio Mane a “wild animal” on the pitch
Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has labelled Liverpool counterpart Sadio Mane a “wild animal” on the pitch

“Sadio is the player of the Africans,” Aubameyang told Stades, via WiwSport.

“He’s also the type of player every manager would like to have in their team.

“Like all African players in the Premier League, we tease each other, joke before and after each game.

Aubameyang (right) and Mane (left) are two of the greatest African players of all time

“Sadio, once kick off has taken place, he’s a wild animal.

“I have a lot of respect for him, because after what you see on social media and the news, he’s someone who’s done a lot for his native village.”

Mane has scored 86 goals in 181 games for Liverpool since joining from Southampton in 2016.

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The Senegal international helped Jurgen Klopp’s side clinch the Champions League in the 2018/19 campaign, before getting his hands on the Premier League title last season.

Nevertheless, he has also done a lot of great work off the pitch, helping to build a mosque in his home village of Bambali.

Mane scooped the African Footballer of the Year award last year

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Abu Usamah Al-Tahabi, the imam at Al Rahma Mosque in Toxteth, Liverpool, recently told the BBC: “Sadio comes from a poor community. He is the type of guy who will help. He has a lot of initiatives and has helped build a mosque in his home village.

“He comes to the mosque often. At his house he has a Bentley – but he comes to us in a not-so-fancy car, so he is incognito. He’s not a person looking for fanfare. There’s no arrogance.”