Former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane offered to sign a contract taking responsibility for his own death during a stand-off with the Senegal national team.
The incredible story dates back to this year's Africa Cup of Nations when Mane suffered a nasty head injury after colliding with Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha during their last-16 match.
Mane went off as a result of the clash and was made a doubt for Senegal's quarter-final tie against Equatorial Guinea. Liverpool put pressure on the Senegalese FA to ensure the 30-year-old received five days rest after the tie, but Mane was insistent that he would play, offering to "give up his life" to feature in the next match.
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He told Pro Direct Soccer France: "When I got injured against Cape Verde and I had concussion, I never talked about it that day.
"Liverpool put pressure on the federation and wrote a letter to FIFA that I needed at least five days rest so that meant I was to miss the quarter-finals. Our national team doctor also had to follow those rules. When they told me that, I called the coach and told him 'The doctor does not want me to play but you have to put me in the starting 11'."
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He added: "I called the federation president and told him we need to have a meeting because I have to play. I could give up my life."
Mane wanted to sign a contract taking responsibility if he died on the pitch following his concussion against Cape Verde. Eventually the team doctor cleared him to feature against Equatorial Guinea.
He continued: "I know I shouldn’t play but let us have a contract. It will be my responsibility, I will sign. If I die, they have to say it is my fault. No one’s fault. But they said 'Sadio, you cannot play’ but I said ‘no, no, it is out of the question'.
"It was around 1am or 2am, everyone panicked and I said 'Coach, I know even you are scared. Just write a letter that says I played voluntarily in case I die or whatever happens'. Everyone was tensed."
"I did not sign the paper but they finally said 'no, no it’s not possible' but I was ready to do it so the doctor said 'Okay, let us do a scan in the morning the day of the match.'"
"In the morning, we did the scan, we sent it to the Confederation of African Football, they checked with the doctor, there was nothing so the doctor said 'Okay, you can play' because to see me sign a paper would be complicated for him as well. Thank God everything went well."
Things went better than 'well' for Mane and Senegal as the Lions of Terenga went all the way in Cameroon, beating Egypt in the final to lift their first AFCON title.
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