Mohamed Salah really can do no wrong.
The Premier League’s top scorer has taken this season by storm after his move to Liverpool in the summer, hitting the 20-goal mark before we’ve even hit Christmas.
But while the best of the best in modern football like to flaunt their fame and riches, Salah appreciates his humble beginnings back in Egypt.
So much so that Egyptians have now elevated him to a much higher status than a mere footballer – to some sort of national saviour.
In an in depth profile produced by The Sunday Times, Salah’s charitable work and religious devotion is detailed.
But, according to the article, the Liverpool forward’s generosity doesn’t end there.
Egypt’s economy has been crippled by instability for some time and Salah actually intervened recently.
The article states that when the government desperately needed quick funds to prop up the Egyptian pound, Salah immediately donated £210,000 from his own purse.
Salah sent Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990 with a nerve-jangling stoppage time penalty against Congo earlier this year.
And according to Hatem Koudas, the Oil Field Index podcast host in Egypt, his actions have gone far and beyond anyone else in the game.
“He’s managed something no politician has ever done, he has managed to unite the Middle East,” Koudas told The Sunday Times.
“Moroccans, Tunisians, Saudis, Kuwaitis, Emiratis, Omanis — everyone wants a Salah shirt.”
“He scores, we’re happy, we forget. And that echoes round the Middle East.
“Messi doesn’t unite a nation, a region, right? Ronaldo doesn’t. They don’t have the social dimension.”
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