Football’s latest sensation is a man who began his career with Mokawloon Al-Arab in Egypt at just 18-years-old and his name is Mohamed Salah.
From those humble roots to leading the way in the race for the Golden Shoe with Liverpool, it hasn’t all been plain sailing.
Salah made his debut with Mokawloon in the 2009/10 season, playing five games across league and cup competitions without scoring.
The next two seasons helped to build a reputation with his speed and 12 goals.
The forward then moved to Basel for 1.5 million euros and made an immediate impact, lifting the Swiss Super League in 2013 and scoring 20 goals in two seasons, winning the African Footballer of the Year award in 2013 to boot.
His impressive displays against Chelsea in the Champions League the following season persuaded the Blues to spend 8.5 million euros to take him to England in the winter transfer window.
Under Jose Mourinho, things didn’t go to plan and he scored just twice in 10 games in his debut season and things didn’t get better the following year either, eventually leaving on loan for Fiorentina.
In Italy, Salah settled quickly, scoring six goals in his first seven games and becoming a fan favourite, though he didn’t score for the club again until he signed for AS Roma in the summer.
Chelsea again loaned him out to the Italian capital, this time with a five million euro fee and with an option to buy for 15 million euros, and justified the fee despite having an off night where his poor finishing cost his side at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Last season, Roma finished second in Serie A and decided to sell their winger to Liverpool for 43 million euros, having scored 34 goals and provided 24 assists in 83 goals for the Italians.
At Anfield, he has already beaten that tally, scoring 43 goals in 47 games, including 10 in the Champions League.
This season has also been memorable for his last gasp penalty for Egypt against Congo which qualified his nation for the World Cup in Russia, making him a national hero.
The World Cup provides another wonderful opportunity for the 25-year-old, though he will have his sights set on the Champions League before then.
The Evolution of Mohamed Salah❤️❤️❤️❤️
He came from humble beginnings and look where he is now. Even though he experienced a big set back at Chelsea, he more than redeemed himself at Liverpool becoming one of the legends at anfield. Mourinho is a good coach and I respect him but he let a lot of world-class talent go under his reign (DE Bruyne, Lukaku and now Salah).
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