Mohammed Salah, affectionately known as Mo Salah or the King of Egypt has become one of the standout names in the footballing world. The thought of Salah ‘running down the wing’ to chants from the terraces of Anfield has terrified defences throughout England and Europe. And his performances for his national team have made him the biggest sports star in Egypt.
‘National treasure’ does not quite encapsulate what Mo Salah means to Egypt and ‘Kop icon’ perhaps doesn’t do him justice for his club team. Mo has inspired a generation of future footballers and football fans, showing that anything is possible if you are passionate, work hard and strive to be better. This makes him the perfect motivational football speaker for your event. Many English football fans will remember when he first came to England in 2014, pulling on a Chelsea shirt under Jose Mourinho and not being afforded much of a chance to showcase his ability.
Some said ‘it was too much too young’, others said that he didn’t have the talent to make it in English football and he left for Fiorentina on loan a year later. Soon after his loan spell ended, Mo was allowed to sign for AS Roma with a fee around £12 million being cited for his services. In Rome, Mo was taken into the hearts of the people once more, as he helped the team to a second-place finish in Serie A. He was consistently lauded for his natural ability to score goals and frighten a back line, as he completed his transition from a pacy winger to a complete player.
He earned himself a transfer to Liverpool FC ahead of the 2017 season, where his transfer was met with both excitement for what he had achieved at Roma, and a cautiousness after his perceived failure at Chelsea. Many said he could not hack the Premier League, and how wrong they were all proved when he pulled on the red shirt. Mo Salah was a revelation from day one in the Premier League and by Christmas he was already being spoken of as one of the best in the league. By the season’s end he clocked up the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals in 36 games, won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, The Football Writers’ Player of the Year and the PFA Fans’ Player of Year awards, making it a clean sweep for the now superstar.
The season saw him help Liverpool to an unlikely Champions League Final appearance, and a coveted fourth place Premier League finish. He also took home the African Player of the Year award after helping his national team to their first World Cup Finals appearance since 1990 with five goals in qualifying and a dramatic last minute penalty to send his team to the prestigious tournament.
He has earned comparisons with the likes of Liverpool legend ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish and world football megastars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following his debut season at Liverpool and his national team heroics. One of the fastest players on the planet, with a footballing brain that is almost as fast, Mo is a once-in-a-generation talent with an eye for the extraordinary.
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