Senegal player Ismaila Sarr, says his teammate Sadio Mane is the best player in the world.

Sarr also stated that he sees the Liverpool forward as a role model on and off the pitch.

The pair played together at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, and the youngster looks up to his captain as ‘one of the best men in Africa’

The two featured together in this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations as Senegal reached the final, and Sarr says Mane’s influence on the squad was vital.

Sarr joined Mane in England this summer, moving to Watford in a club-record €35 million (£32.3m/$39.2m) deal from Ligue 1 side Rennes .

He has only featured sporadically so far but will be looking to impress new manager Quique Sanchez Flores – and there is no doubt who he is backing in the Premier League title race.

“[Mane is] one of the best men in Africa and in the world,” he told Watford’s YouTube Channel.

“I can say that for me, he is the best player in the world. Because he is quality. He has won the Champions League.

“He has done everything for Liverpool and in all competitions, unfortunately not the Premier League but I hope he does at some point because for me, he’s the best African player in Europe.

“He plays well, he does everything well both in football and life.”