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Who is Mohamed Salah?
Mohamed Salah or Mo’ Salah as he is fondly called is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Egyptian national team and English Club Liverpool. He is one of the best forwards from Egypt to play in the English top-flight leagues.
As a prolific forward known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed Mo Salah has earned himself a couple of nicknames from fans like “The Pharaoh” and “Egyptian King”. He was born Mohamed Salah Ghaly on the 15th of June, 1992 in the Egyptian town Nagrig, Basyoun in Gharbia Governorate, Egypt
Mo Salah was raised in his native Nagrig by his middle class parents. At a very tender age he discovered he was a gifted footballer and would not let his poor academic performance affect his field activities.
He soon became a concern to his parents who would rather that their son study to become an elite and perhaps one of the conventional career as was obtainable in the Egyptian culture. When his parents found out that he would not give up on football, they decided to let him have his way.
Driven by passion for the game of football, Salah joined a local club “El Mokawloon” in Cairo. He would cover a great distance in order to be at the training ground because Cairo the city center was a long distance from his hometown. However, nothing was going to deter him from following the path to achieve his dream to become a professional footballer.
Subsequently, Salah was promoted to the senior team of the club in 2010 when he was just about 18-years-old. This didn’t quite seem like the breakthrough he woanted because he was only fielded as a substitute, however, he kept on improving and eventually became a regular starter for the team.
Mohamed Salah’s dream to become a professional footballer was just at its waterloo when the unfortunate shut down of the Egyptian Premier League became apparent, however, the young talent had already attracted the attention of Swiss club FC Basel.
Mohamed Salah signed his official four-year contract with Basel in April 2012. It was at this point that the Egyptian King spirit in him began to gain expression. He was an influential part of the Basel team that made it to the Europa semi-finals in his debut season.
In his second season at Basel, he played an important role to help his team win the Swiss Super League Championship victory in 2013, they also won the Uhren Cup in the same year.
After just two years at FC Basel, London giants Chelsea FC made a bid to sign him due to his outstanding performance at the Swiss club. He put an ink to paper for the Chelsea deal worth €16.50million in 2014.
The young Mohamed Salah didn’t have so much good time at Chelsea and was loaned to Italian side Fiorentina in February 2015 and after about four months the loan deal had elapsed in June 2015. In his resilient manner, Salah refused to go back to Fiorentina on another loan deal rather he was interested in playing for AS Roma.
Salah joined AS Roma from Chelsea in August 2015, the deal had an option to buy which payed off for the soon to be Egyptian Pharoah in soccer. At the end of the loan deal Salah had proved himself to be proficient at goal and won ‘Best Player’ of the Season and also the top scorer with 15 goals. This prompted the club to offer him a new contract.
In July 2016, Salah officially signed a permanent contract with AS Roma at a transfer fee of €15.00million. Meanwhile, the outstanding Egyptian forward had attracted the attention of top European clubs who were seeking for his signature as the made offers to lure him.
Finally in July 2017, Liverpool was able to secure the transfer of Salah for a fee of €42.00million which was the club record signing at the time. Mohamed Salah did not waste time to fit into the Liverpool squad as he proved himself again by scoring in his debut match, he soon became the fans favorite and won the Player of the Month for August the same year.
Mohamed Salah ended his debut season at Liverpool as the leading goal-scorer with a total of 36 goals.
At international level, Mo Salah has represented the Egyptian national team at different stages of competition.
Mohamed Salah Biography – Career Statistics
Goals and Assists
Mohamed Salah has scored a total of 104 goals and 42 assists in 166 Premier League games, he is the second African to score reach the milestone and the fastest player to beat the record in Liverpool.
While playing for the Italian teams at Seria A, he scored 35 goals and 22 assists in 81 games.
At the UEFA Champions League Salah has kept his record as one of the prolific forwards in modern day football with 35 goals and 11 assists in 61 games. Also, he has scored 5 goals and 7 assists in Europa League.
Goals Breakdown by Clubs
At El Mokawloon SC, Mohamed Salah played 44 games and scored 12 goals with 6 assists.
At Swiss Club FC Basel, he played 79 games and scored 20 goals with 17 assists before his move to the English side Chelsea FC where he managed to play 19 games with just 2 goals and assists in his goal record.
During his loan term at ACF Fiorentina, he made 26 appearances and scored 9 goals with 4 assist.
Mohamed Salah goal records at AS Roma peaked at 34 goals and 22 assists in 83 games.
National Team Career Statistics
Mohamed Salah wears the captain arm band for the Egyptain national team, he has played a total of 71 international games and scored 43 goals between his debut in 3rd September 2011 till the time of this post.
Before his debut for the senior team, Salah played for Egypt Olympic team and scored 3 goals in 4 appearances. Also he played 11 games for Egypt Under-20 and socred 3 goals and 11 games for Egypt under-23 and scored 4 times.
Mohamed Salah Achievements and Awards
Mohamed Salah has been at the highest form in his career for quite a long time, he has proven to be a star to bank on and was shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award. He keeps breaking and setting records with every game he plays. Below are some of the titles, awards and recognition in Mohamed Salah biography.
2X SWISS CHAMPION
2012/2013 – FC Basel 1893
2013/2014 – FC Basel 1893
2X ENGLISH CHAMPION
2015 – Chelsea FC
2020 – Liverpool FC
1X ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP WINNER
2015 – Chelsea FC
1X FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP WINNER
2019 – Liverpool FC
1X CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNER
2018/2019 – Liverpool FC
1X UEFA SUPERCUP WINNER
2019/2020 – Liverpool FC
4X PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2013 – FC Basel 1893
2016 – AS Roma
2018 – Liverpool FC
2021 – Liverpool FC
2X AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
2017 – Liverpool FC
2018 – Liverpool FC
2X TOP SCORER
2017/2018 – Premier League – 32 goals
2018/2019 – Premier League – 22 goals
1X TM-PLAYER OF THE SEASON
2018 – England
1X FIFA PUSKÁS AWARD – 2018
Notable facts about Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah is a devouted Muslim, he was once criticized heavily by Islamic critics for allowing a female presenter kiss him after being announced as the Swiss Footballer of the year.
Also, his mother made headlines from the blues just to caution him after he was seen hugging a woman. She believed that it is hurtful to his wife and family.
Mohamed Salah has a younger brother Nasr Salah. Both his brother and parents well instrumental to Salah rise to fame as a professional footballer.
Mohamed Salah Biography – Wife and Children
It will not be complete if we don’t include information about his wife and children in Mohamed Salah biography. The sensational forward is married to Magi Sadeq.
Salah and Magi met while in high school, in fact it is said that both of them attended the same elementary and junior high school. They got married in 2013 and have two children together.
Salah’s first daughter is named Makka and she was born in 2014 while the younger one is Kaya born in 2020.
Sponsorship and Endorsement
Having sponsorships and endorsements deals is synonymous with big players and Salah is not left out. The amazing forward has deals running with brands like Vodafone for his image rights, Uber, Falken Tires, Adidas, Pepsi and others.
Salah dominance in Liverpool has become so infectious that Liverpool fans had to create a chant to honour him. One of the chants says that ‘if Salah continues to score goals they would covert to Islam.’
So far Salah lives with his family in an expensive apartment in the UK and Egypt. He also has fleets of luxury cars just fitting for his lifestyle.