Sadio Mane is one of the most humble, hard-working guys in football.
His rise to the top has been a pleasure to watch – even for Liverpool’s rival fans who wish they had a player of his quality at their clubs.
He isn’t flash or arrogant, he simply gets on with his job and works incredibly hard for his team.
That’s why his tantrum last weekend came as a little bit of a shock to everyone.
When Mohamed Salah selfishly refused to play him the ball when he was through on goal, Mane was visibly irate on the touchline and it was clear he had finally lost patience with his African counterpart.
In a weird way, it was refreshing to see him care so much about a simple pass and show he is human just like us and his temper can get the better of him.
It’s clear, however, that there is no love lost between the pair and they are still great friends.
But in light of this spat, talkSPORT.com has identified five sets of teammates who actually hated each other. Have a look at our findings below…
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John Fashanu and Lawrie Sanchez (Wimbledon)
Despite the two players helping the Dons to a historic triumph over Liverpool in the FA Cup in 1988, behind the scenes Fashanu and Sanchez were clashing.
In fact at one point tensions boiled over in a training session when Fashanu hit Sanchez with a ferocious shot.
And Sanchez didn’t take it lightly.
“From the first moment, he knew what I was and I knew what he was,” Sanchez said.
But when Fashanu was asked if he had any regrets, he said: “Not striking Lawrie Sanchez sooner.”
Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole (Manchester United)
Perhaps the most notable occasion of a set of teammates not getting a long is the relationship between Cole and Sheringham.
Both players have spoken frequently as their dislike of one another during their United days, despite enjoying incredible success on the pitch together.
Cole recalled of his England debut: “I walked onto the pitch, 60,000 or so watching. Sheringham is coming off. I expect a brief handshake, a ‘Good luck, Coley’, something. I’m ready to shake. He snubs me. He actively snubs me, for no reason I was ever aware of then or since.”
From that moment both players never said a word to one another off the pitch, with Gary Pallister once saying to Cole: “I know you don’t speak to Teddy and he doesn’t speak to you, but at least you play well together.”
Jens Lehmann and Oliver Kahn (Germany)
The two legendary keepers continuously sniped at each other over Germany’s No.1 shirt.
Kahn made digs at Lehmann for being displaced in the Arsenal line-up by Manuel Almunia, while it is said Lehmann had digs at Kahn for his personality, claiming he was ‘too serious’.
Even Almunia admits that Lehmann threw him shade ever since he replaced him in the starting XI at the Gunners.
During his time in north London, the Spaniard said: “I know he hates me. Every morning I wake up I know it’s going to be the same. I’ve had to put up with it every day since he was out of the team and even before then.
“I wake up and I know what it’s going to be like. But I don’t care about him any more. He can say what he likes.”
Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
It is said Van Nistelrooy was unimpressed with Kluivert’s attitude during his time at Newcastle, with the the former enjoying a beer or two on numerous occasions during his Tyneside stay.
And when the two joined at international level it became apparent they were not going to get along.
Kluivert was spotted at a rave after a Euro 2004 play-off against Scotland and Van Nistelrooy then made a thinly veiled swipe at his team-mate.
“I can’t do it all myself,” he told reporters. “I can’t be the only Dutch player who closes down and leads from the front.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Van der Vaart (Ajax)
Van der Vaart believed Ibrahimovic was responsible for an ankle injury he sustained and the pair locked horns from that moment on.
Ibra famously said: “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that,
“And if you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs – and that time it will be on purpose.”
Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez (Sampdoria)
The pair were great friends at Sampdoria but they fell out when Icardi chose to marry Lopez’s ex-wife.
Icardi joined Inter shortly after and Lopez refused to shake his hands as the teams met in 2015.
The striker, who has joined Paris Saint-Germain on-loan, once said of the incident: “Unfortunately these things happen, it depends on the ignorance of certain people.
“I gave my hand; I am polite.”
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