Sadio Mane jumped ship to German stalwarts Bayern Munich in July after a thoroughly successful six-year stint at Liverpool.
A £27.4m transfer fee was agreed for the frightening Senegal star and, in turn, has left Liverpool struggling on an attacking front this campaign.
His time in Germany has not been plain sailing either, with Mane only featuring for 25 minutes across a four-month period due to growing injury problems.
Nonetheless, footballing icon Cristiano Ronaldo reached out to congratulate Mane on his move.
“I met with Cristiano Ronaldo in Mallorca before this season after my move was completed,” Mane told German outlet Bild in an interview.
“He congratulated me and told me, ‘A great club! This is a great step for you!'”
Reports state that Ronaldo, who left Manchester United to lead the line for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, was eager to join Bayern Munich last summer in his pursuit of a new challenge.
“That says everything about the Bundesliga and underlines what I’ve already said: I think you underestimate the Bundesliga here,” Mane added.
“The recent performances in the Champions League prove that.”
Now 30 years of age, Sadio Mane is plying his trade in Germany’s highest tier of club football and doesn’t regret his decision at this point in his playing career.
Mane was nothing short of instrumental in Liverpool’s stratospheric rise to the top of world football again, meaning his absence has been dramatically highlighted in Liverpool’s current situation.
Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo have been recruited to fill the vacant void that Mane left wide open during his departure.