Mohamed Salah Profile
|Born||Jun 15, 1992|
From a small Egyptian village to the peak of world football, Mohamed Salah has grown to be one of the best Premier League forwards in history.
Mohamed Salah is a forward who plays for Liverpool and represents the Egyptian national team. He is regarded as one of the world’s best players and is known for his speed, dribbling and accuracy in front of goal. Since joining Liverpool, Salah has won a UEFA Champions League and a Premier League title - helping the club achieve its sixth European Cup and first domestic crown in 30 years respectively.
Salah has enjoyed huge success with Egypt too, inspiring them to the 2017 African Cup of Nations final and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, their first since 1990. He has won various awards for his performances at international level, including the BBC African Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 as well as CAF African Player of the Year twice [2017 and 2018].
Mo Salah at Liverpool
Having briefly played for Chelsea before moving to Italy with Fiorentina and Roma. Salah made his return to the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in 2017 for a then club-record fee of $47 million - a transfer which could rise to more than $50 million with add-ons.
Salah - the first Egyptian player to wear the famous red jersey - started repaying the hefty fee instantly, becoming the second-quickest player to score 20 goals in all competitions, taking just 26 appearances. He ended the 2017/18 season with 44 goals in all competitions, the most in the club's history after Ian Rush.
Despite a remarkable campaign, which saw him win the European Golden Boot, Liverpool lost the Champions League final 3-1 to Real Madrid. Salah was substituted in the first half of the clash after injuring his shoulder whilst challenging Sergio Ramos in the air. The Spanish defender, who received a backlash for his involvement on social media, sent a letter to Salah the following day to apologise.
Salah was named PFA Player of the Year for his standout season while also being nominated for UEFA's Male Player and Forward of the Year accolades. He also won the 2018 Puskas Goal of the Year award for his effort in the Merseyside Derby against Everton.
Salah was instrumental yet again for Jurgen Klopp in the 2018/19 campaign, although he was less prolific with a return of 22 goals in all competitions. In October, he scored his 50th goal for Liverpool in their victory against Red Star Belgrade, which saw him become the quickest player to reach the milestone for Liverpool, having done so in just 65 appearances.
In January 2019, Salah scored his 50th goal in the Premier League with a brace against Crystal Palace in a 4-3 victory which saw him become the fourth quickest to reach the half-century mark. Only Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy had achieved the landmark quicker.
Liverpool reached the Champions League final for a second successive year and defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in an all-English affair. Salah scored the opening goal, converting a penalty in the first two minutes of the fixture.
It was the second-quickest goal ever in a Champions League final, with only Paolo Maldini scoring quicker against Liverpool in 2005. Divock Origi scored the second goal for Liverpool, who won their sixth European title - the third-most alongside Bayern Munich, with only AC Milan  and Real Madrid  having won Europe's elite competition more often.
In 2019/20, Salah was the hero for Liverpool against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final, scoring the decisive penalty to win a shootout 5-4. Salah - who finished fifth in the 2019 Ballon d'Or, one place higher than the previous year - was named FIFA Club World Cup Player of the Tournament as Liverpool won the competition.
Salah's third trophy of the season saw his side win the Premier League, an accolade that Liverpool secured for the first time in 30 years. Salah scored 23 goals in all competitions to become the first player since Michael Owen in 2002/03 to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive campaigns.
In 2020/21, Liverpool endured less success than prior years, but it didn't stop Salah from continuing to find the net - the Egyptian forward scored 22 in the Premier League to help his side to a third-placed finish.
Mixed fortunes at Chelsea
Salah's first European move was to Switzerland, joining FC Basel on a four-year deal in 2012. After producing impressive performances domestically, Salah’s Basel knocked out Tottenham Hotspur in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals before being eliminated in the last four by Chelsea 5-2 on aggregate. Basel went on to win the Swiss Super League title that season.
Chelsea snapped up Salah in January 2014, signing the winger for a fee of $18million. Salah made 11 appearances in all competitions for the remainder of that campaign, with a return of two goals. Lack of opportunities on the pitch under Jose Mourinho saw loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively.
Salah was named Roma's Player of the Season in 2015/16 and joined La Lupa permanently in 2016. The Egyptian scored 19 goals in all competitions in his third and final campaign in Italy and helped Roma finish runners-up to Juventus in the Scudetto.
Mo Salah and Egypt
Salah made his international debut in 2011 and scored his first goal against Niger during an African Cup of Nations qualifier. Salah scored against Burkina Faso in the 2017 AFCON semi-finals and converted his penalty in the shootout to send them into the final of the tournament. Despite taking the lead, Egypt came up short against Cameroon, who defeated them 2-1 to win their fifth title.
Salah's most impressive achievement to date was helping Egypt qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first since 1990. The forward scored five goals in the qualifying phase to help them achieve this. A school in Egypt was named after him in honour of his performances.
At the tournament, Salah would miss Egypt's first game against Uruguay because of a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final but returned in the second fixture against hosts Russia, where he scored a penalty during their second successive defeat. Salah scored his second goal of the tournament in Egypt's 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. Egypt finished bottom of Group A, with Uruguay and Russia progressing.
In 2020, Salah tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty.
Salah and his spouse Maggi got married in 2013 and together they have two children, Makka and Kayan, who were born in 2014 and 2020 respectively. Salah is of Muslim faith and named his first daughter in tribute to Mecca, the Islamic Holy City.
In his hometown of Nagrig, Salah has donated money towards various projects, including new hospitals and schools. Salah has also provided funds to more than 450 families to help them survive in a town where 65% of people live in poverty.
Celebrity Net Worth rates Salah at $80million, making him one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. Salah signed a new five-year deal at Liverpool in 2018, which is believed to have had a bearing on Forbes' Highest Paid Athletes List in 2020. Salah is ranked at No.34 with earnings of $35.1 million.
Salah earns an annual salary of $23.1million at Anfield while he picks up an additional $12million through endorsements. Adidas - one of his several sponsors - made Salah the face of their 1970s-born Adicolor line of clothing and the forward appeared in a 2019 commercial for the sports brand. Other endorsements include work with DHL International, Electronic Arts, ExxonMobil and Vodafone-USD.
In September 2021, Forbes published an article in which they listed the 10 highest-earning players for the upcoming season in world soccer, Salah sits fifth on that list. During the 2021/22 season, Salah will earn $41million which includes a $25million contract from Liverpool FC.
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- Oct 26, 2021