Footage shows Mane trolling Firmino in Liverpool reunion while Ronaldo bromance continues
Former Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino enjoyed a sweet little reunion as their Saudi Arabian clubs met on Friday night.
But Mane ended up being the happier of the two, and he couldn’t resist rubbing it in as his Al Nassr side secured a 4-3 victory over Firmino’s Al Ahli.
It’s the first time the former Liverpool strike partners had met on the pitch since their moves to the Middle East in the summer.
The two ex-Reds were close friends during their six seasons together at Anfield, where they combined with Mohamed Salah to score 338 goals between then – Salah: 156 goals [58 assists], Mane: 107 goals [30 assists], Firmino: 75 goals [49 assists].
But it was Mane’s budding partnership with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo that stole the headlines again on Friday night, as the Senegalese set the Portuguese up for the opening goal of a big win.
It was a game of big-name goalscorers, with Ronaldo and former Benfica striker Talisca scoring two apiece the seal the win for Al Nassr, while ex-Man City star Riyad Mahrez got a goal and assist for Al Ahli as former Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie also found the net.
Ronaldo and Mane continued one of football’s most unlikely bromances as they celebrated their combination for the opener – CR7’s ninth goal since his Middle East move.
But fans did also notice one funny moment between Mane and Firmino during the game, which has now gone viral on social media.
After one of Al Nassr’s goals, Mane could be seen jumping on Firmino’s back – trolling his old friend in celebration.
Firmino obviously couldn’t see who it was, but upon discovering it was Mane who had mounted him, footage showed Firmino immediately turning away – probably wishing he’d just sod off!
It was a lighthearted moment between the pair that Liverpool fans will love, with plenty of interest for Reds fans in the Saudi Pro League.
Former midfielders Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum now play together at Al Ettifaq, where they are managed by Anfield legend Steven Gerrard.
Meanwhile, Brazilian star Fabinho plays for current Pro League table toppers Al-Ittihad, where he plays alongside Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante – who Chelsea fans now appear to want back.
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