Mohamed Salah is a gifted professional footballer who plays for Liverpool Premier League Club and for Egypt national team. He was born in Gharbia Egypt on 15th June 1992. He is the talk of the football world as his magical performances throughout the season got him many awards. In 2017, he was named the ‘African Footballer of the Year’ after scoring a ton of goals. The Premier League Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner finished the campaign with a surprising 32 league goals for the Reds, including one astounding goal against Brighton on the last day of the season. The Egyptian, even had a Channel 4 documentary broadcasted about his success. Mohamed Salah has inspired many people not just his football fans but every person who desires to succeed in life to overcome obstacles faced and to achieve their goals. From nothing, he has become the talk of football; his hard work, passion, and dedication have taken him to stratospheric heights in his career, and his simplicity and humility have propelled his popularity. However, there are still plenty of things about him that a lot of people aren’t aware of. Check out below 12 things you probably didn’t know about him.
- Salah’s nicknames.
The most interesting fact about Salah is that he has several nicknames in both Egypt and the UK. Salah is fondly known as ‘The Pharaoh,’ while few call him ‘The Egyptian Messi.’ Moreover, Liverpool fans call Salah ‘The Egyptian King.’ Some other nicknames are Muslim Messi, Pyramid Pele, Desert Dalglish, Cairo Cristiano, Halal Hazard, Ramadan Robben, Sand Suarez, and Bearded Maradona.
- Salah’s favorite food.
Salah loves to eat and when in Egypt, he makes sure the first thing he does is to eat Kushari, a traditional dish of Egyptian cuisine consisting of a base of rice, lentils, and pasta mixed together with garlic vinegar and a spiced tomato sauce. It is then topped with crispy fried onions and chickpeas.
- Salah’s favorite actors.
Salah likes to watch movies and is a huge fan of Leonardo Dicaprio and Egyptian actor Khaled El Nabawy. He probably wants a career in movies after his retirement. Moreover, he is a fan of the American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist, Muhammad Ali. Like Ali, he keeps fighting back against all the odds and has emerged incredibly in the football world. It appears that the commitment to greatness is a feature they both have in common.here also are 11 things you may not have known about Muhammad Ali
- He had a tough start.
Young Salah had to make a nine-hour round journey from his hometown to Cairo, using 10 different buses in total, in order to get to training. He did this five days a week for almost four years!
- Open Wedding.
As one of the most prominent footballers ever, Salah married his long-term girlfriend Magi, inviting the entire village to his wedding party. Many people joined the couple to celebrate their special day with Egyptian singers entertaining the people. This invitation showed how gold-hearted he is welcoming his people and keeping the doors open for his fans to attend instead of inviting a limited number of guests with security guards, like many famous rich people would.
- Salah is a devotee.
Salah is a very religious man, devoted to his Muslim religion and this is shown by how he always bows down to thank God every time he scores a goal at any match he plays. He also named his Daughter Mecca Mohammed after the Holy site in Saudi Arabia called Mecca but later changed the name to Makkah to distinguish it from the name Mecca Bingo which is the world’s biggest gambling Casino!
- Controversial award
Salah was named as the Swiss League Player of the Year while he was at FC Basel. At the awards show, the hostess of the event kissed Salah to congratulate him. The forward was heavily criticized on social networking sites by his Egyptian fans. Salah was not very happy, he said, “They have spoiled my joy,” telling the reporters. “They forgot the prize and concentrated on the lady kissing me.” Salah added, “Anywhere I go here in Switzerland people applaud, while my native fans criticize me.”
- He would have come in second in the presidential elections.
In the 2018 presidential elections in Egypt, more than one million people crossed out the names of the two candidates Sisi and Moussa to cast their ballot for Mohamed Salah and wrote Salah’s name on their ballot paper. Had they been counted as legal votes, Salah would have finished in second place in the electoral race.
- Salah and the Thief.
In December 2017, his family got robbed when he was away playing in a game. Egyptian police caught the thief a couple of days later. His father wanted to press charges but Salah convinced his Dad not to press charges. Instead, Salah gave the thief some money and tried to help find him a job in order to turn his life around.
- Salah’s Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be roughly $70 Million dollars.
- The Best Disciplinary Record in the Premier League.
Salah’s moral virtues extend onto the pitch too. In 31 league games, he has committed only 14 fouls and has not been booked or sent off even once. This, however, might have something to do with him being too quick for others to catch up.
- Salah Is A Philanthropist.
Salah donates a lot of his money to projects in his home village of Nagrig. He has invested money into building a new school in the area and he also helped kit out the region’s hospital with the latest medical equipment. Salah also donated $681,500 to a Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo so they could buy a bone marrow transplant machine. After Salah scored the penalty that saw Egypt qualify for a summer’s World Cup, the governor of Gharbiya renamed Salah’s former school to ‘Mohamed Salah Industrial High School’.
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