SADIO MANE has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo told him that leaving Liverpool for Bayern Munich last summer was a "great step".
The Senegal superstar, 30, quit Anfield after six years in 2022 having helped the club win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup.
He joined German champions Bayern in a £35million transfer, which he says ex-Manchester United star Ronaldo described as a "great step".
Mane came across Ronaldo, 38, in Mallorca before this season started.
Speaking to BILDSport, Mane said: "That says everything about the Bundesliga and underlines what I've already said: I think you underestimate the Bundesliga here.
"The recent performances in the Champions League prove that.
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"I met Cristiano Ronaldo in Mallorca before this season after my move was completed.
"He congratulated me and told me: 'A great club. This is a great step for you.'"
Mane has had a good start to life at Bayern, scoring 11 goals in 24 appearances.
The attacker made his return to action in the 3-0 win over title rivals Union Berlin at the weekend.
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Mane missed last November-December's World Cup and had missed Bayern's last nine games due to a leg injury.
Ronaldo meanwhile, made another career move.
The five-time Champions League and Ballon d'Or winner left Man Utd before the World Cup after having his contract ripped up.
Ronaldo then joined Saudi side Al Nassr, where he has scored eight goals in five games.
The Portugal captain was also named Saudi League's February Player of the Month.
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