Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian footballer who currently plays as a winger for Liverpool club and the Egyptian national team.
With the nickname “Pharaon”, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world today, known for his ability to finish, dribble and speed.
Salah began his career with Cairo club El Mokawloon in the 2010 Egyptian Premier League, then joined Basel for an undisclosed fee. In Switzerland, he starred as he helped the club win the first season, winning the SAFP Golden Player award. Salah’s performances subsequently attracted the Chelsea club and he joined the club for a fee of £ 11m in 2014. However, he played less in his first season and on loan to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and AS Roma, he eventually signed a contract to buy off by Roma for 15 million euros.
After a stellar performance in Rome to put them second and a record point won in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League to sign Liverpool for a club record fee of 36.92 million board. On his second in England, he adjusted his play from being a natural winger to a full-fledged striker and quickly became the focus of the team. Salah went on to break the Premier League’s scoring record in a 38-game season, receiving the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in 36 matches. Salah’s performance earned him a number of individual awards, including PFA’s Player of the Year. He also ranked third in the FIFA Player of the Year award in 2018.
In the next season, he also represented Egypt at a young level in an international tournament. He won bronze medals at the U-20 Cup of African Nations and participating in the 2011 FIFA World Cup U-20, before making his team debut later that year. After his performances at the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was named CAF’s most promising African talent. Since then, he has helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 African Cup and was the top scorer in the CAF qualifiers to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With his performance, Salah voted CAF Player of the Year, BBC Africa’s Best Player of the Year and was selected to the CAF Team of the Year and the African Cup of Nations Championship Team.
As an advocate for equal women’s rights in the Middle East, he said: “We need to change the way we treat women in our culture” – Salah was voted one of 100 influencers in the world in 2019. Besides, he was one of the six stars on the magazine cover.
In 2020, Salah won the Premier League with Liverpool after a very successful 2019-2020 season.