Having led Senegal in three Africa Cup of Nations final tournaments, Aliou Cisse has brought a star in each of them to explode on the global scene.

In Gabon 2017, Cisse, former Teranga Lions captain, introduced former Génération Foot youngster Ismaila Sarr, who was starting to make a name for himself in France with FC Metz.

While having many forwards, Cisse integrated the native of Saint-Louis into his workforce by bringing him in and giving him his first start against Algeria in Franceville.

Back from the AFCON where Senegal was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual champions Cameroon on penalties, Sarr made a name for himself in the French championship by becoming one of FC Metz stars, who sold him at the end of the season to Stade Rennais.