Mohamed Salah From Scratch to the Best Player in the World
Brief on Mo's life
Mohamed Salah is a football player who was born in Basyoun city, Gharbia Governorate in 1992. He was raised in a tough environment and poor conditions, which led him to drop out of college. However, He didn't cave and became a household name.
His career in a nutshell
He began his professional career with the Arab Contractors football club, then he moved to Europe to join the Switzerland Basel FC. After that, he moved between English and Italian clubs before he settled in Liverpool FC, where his star has glowed and became their top scorer.
Mo began in Arab Contractors FC in 2010 when he joined the youth team. However, he drew attention due to his innate talent. Shortly, he was included in the first team, and the next season he became on the starting lineup. Many eyes were on him: Zamalek FC was one of those eyes as they tried to reach an agreement to have him but they pulled back as they thought the deal was overrated for Salah's age. Then, in 2012, Basel FC dropped a bombshell when they signed him for 2.35 million euros. Salah spent two outstanding seasons with Basel FC in which he reached the European League semi-finals, won the Switzerland league title and came 2nd in the cup. In the second season, he got to play in the champions league where he showed an outstanding performance and scored a remarkable goal against Chelsea. Unfortunately, they ended the season empty-handed; that's when José Mourinho gave him a call to join Chelsea FC in the 2013/2014 season.
Salah was a lonely, naive boy, completely out of context and physically fragile— Jose Mourinho
Willian, Pedro, and many other big names competed against the young Egyptian for his place in the lineup. Therefore, he wasn't at his best times. His debut was against Newcastle, and his first goal was against Arsenal; a match that ended 6-0 for Chelsea. In a season and a half, he only played 19 matches and scored two goals. Therefore, he decided to go for a loan to ASF Fiorentina in an exchange deal, which included the Colombian player Juan Cuadrado. Now, in one of the toughest leagues in the world, Salah had new challenges. Mo proved his ability in adapting to any new competitive environment and improved his mentality to match the new conditions. In 4 months, he scored nine goals in different competitions throughout 26 games. The Viola did great numbers with the Egyptian Pharaoh who scored an unforgettable goal against the league winner, Juventus FC.
He enjoyed playing with me. In addition to this, he was an exceptional and genuine person and gave a lot for Roma— Francesco Totti
The Viola tried to buy him from Chelsea, but the negotiations didn't go well as many clubs fought to have his left leg on their side. Finally, he was loaned again to AS Roma with a buy clause in 2015\2016 to play side by side with Il Gladiatore (Francesco Totti). The Pharaoh spent two seasons in I Giallorossi in which he became an irreplaceable and decisive element in the first team. Mohamed Salah scored his first hat-trick in the club against Bologna FC; a match that ended 3-0 for Roma. Mo played 83 games in all competitions, scored 33 goals, and assisted in 17 others. He was chosen The Best Player in the team for the 2016/2017 season.
Back to the premier league, he goes. On 22 June 2017, Liverpool announced a historic signing that cost 42 million euros, which made him the most expensive signing in the club beating Andy Carroll's 34 million pounds deal. At the same time, he became the most expensive selling in the history of AS Roma beating Miralem Pjanić's who transferred to Juventus for 32 million euros. Mohamed Salah didn't waste time as he only needed 45 minutes to prove himself by scoring his first goal for the club in the friendly match against Wigan Athletic F.C. which ended by 1-1 draw. By the beginning of the best season of his life, Mo scored his first official goal for the Reds against Watford in the opening of the Premier League. After that, the records kept falling off for him as he became:
- The top scorer in the first 12 games for the club by 9 goals breaking Robbie Fowler's 8 goals.
- The fastest player in the history of the club to reach his 10th goals in 13 matches.
- The first Arabian to score a super hat-trick in the Premier League, which happened against Watford (ended 5-0 to Liverpool).
- The top African scorer in the Premier League by 32 goals beating the Ivorian elephant Drogba who scored 28 goals.
- The top scorer in different games in the Premier League by 24 matches.
By the end of the season, his efforts were crowned by winning the Best Player in the Premier League 2018 from Professional Footballers' Association. Still, his best achievement that season is helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final after 11 years in which they played against Real Madrid. Salah was injured after 30 minutes of the game by a violent interaction with Sergio Ramos. Liverpool’s performance went down, and Real Madrid took the opportunity, formed a hard grip on the game, and finally won 3-1.
He’s in the middle of the dressing room, he’s sensationally good with all the boys and he is very influential for us. And if somebody thinks he is influential for the rest of the world as well then good, show it— Jurgen Klopp
Hardworking pays off
Liverpool didn't waste a second and signed a long term contract with the Egyptian king to have his services. In his second season, Salah kept a plateau with this amazing performance. He won the Golden Boot of the Premier League again for the second time in a row, and Liverpool came second in the league table after a furious competition with Man City. Not only the Golden Boot was the second in a row, but also he got to the Champions League final again. This time it was against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Liverpool's journey in this version of the Champions League is memorable because of their historic comeback against Barcelona from 3-0 in Camp Nou to 4-0 in the Anfield. Mo scored the first goal in the final, which they won 2-0.
From the first day I left Chelsea, it was always in my mind to make them wrong. I made them wrong.— Mohamed Salah
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