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Mohamed Salah – Footballer with a golden heart

Mohamed Salah – Footballer with a golden heart

Mohamed Salah was gifted a luxurious villa in his native country, a few months after his spot-kick guided Egypt to their first World Cup in over 28 years. Then, in March 2018, more than 1m Egyptians voted for him in the country’s presidential elections – even though Salah’s name wasn’t even on the ballot.

However, it isn’t that the lady luck has always been smiling on the Egyptian. Just 3 years before taking the footballing world by storm, Salah was virtually a nobody. Chelsea, his employers in 2015, were struggling to offload him – not least because there was little demand for a player who many believed was overrated, to begin with.

Only after Salah moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2017 after enjoying two wonderful seasons in Italy – and won the Premier League Golden Boot by scoring more goals in a single season than any other player in history – did his name started to get the respect it deserved.

His second season at Liverpool went even better. Apart from winning the 2nd Golden Boot in a row, Salah scored in the 2019 Champions League Final to help Liverpool clinch the trophy for the 6th time in the club’s illustrious history

Therefore, as football careers go, Salah’s has overseen a truly roller coaster ride ever since he left Egypt to try his luck in Europe all those years ago.Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian forward who currently plays for Premier League side Liverpool. He was born on 15 June 1992 in Nagrig, Basyoun Egypt in a family which has played a huge part in his success.  

When he was 14, Salah had to travel more than eight hours daily by bus, sometimes changing five buses on the way, from his city to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon side. His persistence paid off as having started his career as a left-back, Salah was soon promoted to the more attacking left-wing role.

After two productive years in Egypt, Salah signed for Swiss side AS Basel in the summer of 2012 for an undisclosed fee. Two years later, after he had scored against them in both the home and away games of the 2013/14 Champions League, Chelsea snapped him up for £11m in January 2014.

Salah’s time at Chelsea was a major disappointment as he managed only 530 minutes of league action during his 2-year stay at the club. Afterward, with the likes of Willian and Pedro ahead of him in the pecking order, Chelsea shipped Salah out on loan to Italian side Fiorentina in February 2015.

Once in Italy, Salah spent two seasons on loan before Chelsea decided to sell him to AS Roma in the summer of 2016. That sale acted as a precursor of great things for the Egyptian as after scoring 15 goals with Roma in the 16/17 season, Liverpool secured his services for a €42m fee.Away from the football field, Salah is a reserved person who likes to keep his family away from the limelight. However, given the success he has had in the past few years, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Egyptian to do just that.

Salah's family rose to overnight after Liverpool's last game in the 2018/19 Premier League season. After taking the ball from the halfway line, Makah Mohamed Salah gets the full length of the pitch to score in front of a fawning and cheering Liverpool crowd.

Thousands of cameras positioned inside Anfield captured the scene, with millions of Liverpool fans seeing it over the internet. Salah himself is visibly happy father. Liverpool fans clapping and cheering for his daughter that day.

Mo Salah – Professional Career

Back when he was 14, Salah used to travel more than four hours and had to change more than five buses to train with Cairo-based Arab Contractors’ side. His hard work paid off after El Mokawloon, one of the biggest sides in Egypt, included Salah in their youth squad in 2006.

After playing for the youth side for over four years, Salah made his senior debut in the Egyptian Premier League in May 2010 as he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against fellow Egyptian side El Mansoura.

However, it was his 2nd season at Al Mokawloon which proved to be a breakthrough for Salah. After showing signs of promise throughout the season, Salah was signed by Swiss club Basel in April 2012 on a four-year contract.

While he wasn’t a star performer for Basel in the Swiss League, it was Salah’s performances in Europe – and particularly in the home and away legs against Chelsea – which earned him the transfer to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

As ill-luck would have it, that transfer didn’t work out for the Egyptian as during his 2-year stay at Stamford Bridge, Salah managed only 530 minutes of league action, spending a lion’s share of his time on loan spells at Italian clubs Fiorentina and AS Roma.

Sensing that Chelsea cannot promise him more game time, Salah made his move to AS Roma permanent in the summer of 2016 for a transfer fee €15 million. Following consistent match-winning performances, Salah once again came back to Premier League as Liverpool signed him for £36.9 million.

Mo Salah – Wife

Magi Salah, the wife of Mohamed Salah, first met the Egyptian back when both of them studied at the Mohamed Eyad Al Tantawi School in the Egyptian village of Basion Gharbia. It is interesting to note that during the time Salah and Magi were in school, her parents worked there as teachers.

Furthermore, while Salah is the only offspring of his parents, Magi has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Miran and Mahy. Both she and her twin sister went to the Faculty of Commerce in Alexandria, from where they came out with a bachelor degree.

After a decade when they first met, Magi and Salah tied the knot in Nagrig, Egypt on 17 December 2013. It is reported that the whole village was invited to the wedding with the result that the couple was blessed with the prayers of thousands of their fellow Egyptians.

Egyptian Royalty which also present at Salah's wedding including popular personalities Sa'ad Al Sughayar, Albasit Hamouda, and Hamada Hilal. The couple had their first child, a daughter, in December 2014 whom they named Makka, after Islam's holiest city.

Mo Salah – Net Worth

According to Forbes , Mohamed Salah is the 98 th richest athlete on the planet and has a net worth in the region of $ 25 million. The Egyptian has earned $ 16m of the said $ 9m has come from endorsements.

Under the terms of his current contract with Liverpool, the Egyptian takes home more than $ 120,000 per week in wages. Vodafone, tire manufacturers Falken Tires and global car-riding service Uber.

Still, the Egyptian earns nowhere near the top earners in the Premier League, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez ahead of him in the pecking order. However, if Salah continues to perform at its current level, it will only become a matter of time before becoming the top earner in England.Based on how he has performed in his first two seasons at Liverpool – with Salah scoring more goal than anybody else in both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Premier League season weak side to his game.

However, while Egypt is still happy, Salah is still a human. Salah still has room to improve.

For instance, Salah takes 5.59 shots to score a goal, with Aubameyang, the Arsenal striker who scored the same number of goals as Salah in 2018/19 season, needing only 4.05 shots to defeat the opposition goalkeeper. He even lags behind his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane who needed only 3.91 goals to find the back of the net in 18/19 season.

Salah's game is his ability to dribble his way past opposition defenders. The Egyptian is very clever at creating and achieving his own individual skill, with his pace helping him to become the better of opposition defenders.

Titles and Seasons

2x Swiss Super League winner

2012/13 Swiss Super League

2013/14 Swiss Super League

1x Champions League winner

2018/19 Champions League

1x UAFA Golden Boy

2012

1x AS Roma Player of the Season

2015/16

3x Premier League Player of the Month

November 2017, February 2018, March 2018

8x PFA Player of the Month

November 2017, December 2017, February 2018, March 2018, December 2018, January 2019, April 2019

2x BBC African Player of the Year

2017 and 2018

African Footballer of the Year

2017 and 2018

1x FIFA Puskas Award

2018

2x Premier League Golden Boot Winner

2018 and 2019

1x PFA Team of the Year

2017/18 Premier League

1x PFA Fans' Player of the Year

2017-18

1x Liverpool's Fans Player of the Season and Player's Player of the Season

2017-18

1x Liverpool goal of the season

2018/19 vs. Chelsea

1x IFFHS Men's World Team

2018For a player who has received only a single red card throughout his career, Salah has, from time to time, showed his fun side to the world.

‘Salah was Liverpool’s 4th choice winger’: Though hard to believe given the impact he has made at Anfield, but it is a fact that Salah wasn’t the priority signing for Liverpool back when they signed him in 2017. Instead, it was only after the other three names who were higher above Salah in Liverpool’s transfer wishlist rejected the Reds did the Premier League club moved to secure the services of Salah.

‘Four hours, Five Buses’: Since Salah lived away from a metropolis, he had to travel four hours and change five buses on his way from his hometown to join his teammates in Cairo, before taking the return trip home at the end of the day.

‘Everybody is invited’: When Salah married to his childhood sweetheart Maggi in 2013, the couple invited the whole village to the wedding, with thousands of people, including famous Egyptian personalities, joining the couple for the festive occasion.

‘Quickest to 50 goals’: When Salah scored for Liverpool in their 3-1 win away at Southampton, he became the quickest Liverpool player in history to score 50 goals for the club.

Forgave his thief: Back when he was playing for Alexandria in Egypt, Salah’s family was robbed by a thief who was caught days later. In addition to pardoning the thief against the advice of his father, Salah gave him some money and even helped him find a job.

The Pharaoh’: Since Liverpool fans constantly call Salah the Egyptian King in a chant which the Egyptian credits to make him work harder, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that back in his native country, most of Salah’s fans call him by the nickname of ‘The Pharaoh’.

The Happiness Maker’: In April 2018 when his native village required a water treatment plant for a clean supply of water, Salah showed that he remembered his roots by giving $450,000 for the cause and donating 5 acres of his family land.

Mural in Times Square’: Residents of New York City awoke to see a giant Mohamed Salah mural painted across the side of a central building at the iconic Times Square in June 2018. The mural, which contained his photo depicted in a colorful pattern, was captioned by the hashtag #largerthanlife.

Salah is social’: In contrast to his laid back attitude on the pitch, Salah is pretty active on social media, with is Instagram and Twitter accounts constantly being updated with Salah either enjoying his off-time on the beach or playing with his daughter Makka.Military Training Scare

Mohamed Salah had his dream move to Chelsea in 2014. Some people are aware of Egypt being one of the few countries in the world where military service is compulsory.

Back then, Salah was playing for Swiss Club Basel before Chelsea came calling for his services. At the same time, the Egyptian National Army said: “Salah is not a part of the education program.

Fortunately for Salah, Ahmed Hasan, who was Egypt's National team director back then. In addition to intervening in the matter, Mr. Hassan made sure that Salah got exemption from the military service condition.

It was only after the name of Salah was deleted from the compulsory service list that the Egyptian made his move to Chelsea. Salah's career might have taken.


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