The 26-year-old has gone from the villages of Senegal to become one of the most feared forwards in world football, having played a pivotal role in Liverpool's success over the past two seasons.
But the Champions League winner has revealed things didn't start out quite well for him as a teenager.
He told France Football: "There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance, it started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at.
"I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with wire the best I could.
"Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizarre facial expression: "You really want to become a footballer?" I understood them but I did not have a choice…
"As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure."