Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian Messi

One of the best forwards in the world, and Liverpool hero, Mohamed Salah will go down in history as one of the best players that ever lived and the best Egyptian player that ever stood on the football field. But how did he get to where is now, and why is he considered to be one of the best players in the world?

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool with the golden boot
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 12:(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool with the golden boot at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 12, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly or simply Mohamed Salah was born on June 15th, 1992 in Nagrug, a small Egyptian village near the city of Basyoun. Since his young age, Salah enjoyed football and dreamed of becoming a professional football player one day. While it’s clear his dream has come true, no one could imagine what a player he would become. His football career started off when he was only 18 years of age when Salah joined El Mokawloon, a team from Cairo, which played in the Egyptian Premier League. That year the team did not fare well in the league and only finished 16th while being knocked out in the semi-finals of Egypt Cup.

It’s safe to say Salah did not enjoy any success with his 1st team, however, his improvement as a player was soon noticed by FC Basel who bought the Egyptian prodigy for a fee of 2.5 million € in summer of 2012. During his time at Basel, Mohamed Salah played 79 games, scored 20 goals and added 17 assists, which helped the Swiss team win the title of Swiss Champions.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool races after a long pass
12th May 2019, Anfield, Liverpool, England; EPL Premier League football, Liverpool versus Wolverhampton Wanderers; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool races after a long pass over the Wolves defence (photo by David Blunsden/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Barely a year and a half after joining Basel, Salah was approached by Chelsea, who expressed the desire to bring him to the squad. Basel, while having their doubts about selling the potent Egyptian, gave in after being offered 16.50 million €. Despite joining Chelsea, Salah failed to play many games, instead, he got a chance to test himself in other clubs. In February 2015 Salah was loaned out to Fiorentina, where he scored 9 goals and added 4 assists in 26 games played. After re-joining Chelsea in June 2015, Salah ended up packing his bags and leaving England once more, as he was loaned out to AS Roma. The Italian club saw potential in Salah, who caused them a lot of trouble while playing for Fiorentina. AS Roma decided to pay 5 million € for the loan with a chance to buy the player when the loan ended for a 15 million €. During his time at AS Roma, Salah scored 15 goals in 31 appearances, to which he added 13 assists. With his exceptional performances, it’s safe to say Salah played a crucial role in AS Roma’s historic season, which saw them finishing 2nd and breaking the record of total points tally in 2017. Not surprisingly, Roma decided to pay € 15 million and with that got themselves a player who scored 34 goals in 83 appearances, to which he added 23 assists

After an impressive performance in Italy, Salah was one of the hottest players in the world of football, which not surprisingly caught the attention of football giants around the globe. In the end, it was Liverpool who managed to sign the Egyptian for a fee of 42 million €. This while being a huge amount of money, proved to be one of the best investments the Reds made in recent years. With 42 million € Liverpool bought themselves a player who scored 69 goals and added 29 assists in 101 games played for them up to date.

Salah was not only a force to be reckoned with in Premier League, where he won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2017/18 but also a potent player in the European competitions, more specifically in the Uefa Champions League, where he helped his team reach the finals for the first time in 11 years. With 10 goals scored for Liverpool, Salah was tied with Mane and Firmino as the 2nd best goal scorer in the 2017/18 Champions League. His impressive performances were not left unnoticed. Salah won numerous awards, which include, but are not limited to: PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Player of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award and 3rd best FIFA Men’s player in 2018 alongside the previously mentioned Premier League Golden Boot in 2017/18.

To get to this point of his career, Salah went through numerous obstacles which he had to overcome. That alongside the experience he gathered while playing for 6 different clubs made him the player he is today. Salah left a mark in each club he played in, however, it was not until he joined AS Roma that he properly “blew up”. Ever since then he proceeded to improve, which ultimately got them a chance to play for Liverpool. His exceptional improvement can hardly be described with words, however, it can be described with numbers. Since arriving at Liverpool, Salah market value skyrocketed from 40 million € to 150 million €, which now makes him the 4th most valuable players in the world, only trailing Kylian Mbappe (200 mil €), Neymar (180 mil €) and Messi (160 mil €).

Looking at his career as a whole, Mohamed Salah scored 147 goals and added 83 assists in 353 appearances. In addition, he scored 39 goals in 62 appearances for the Egyptian national team. This alone is an incredible achievement from Salah, who deservingly won the Premier League, Golden Boot, last season, while this season he shared the Golden Boot with Aubameyang and Mane (all scored 22 goals). Salah is leading the Premier League with 22 goals scored and 8 assists. This while being an incomparably lower number than last season is still enough to keep Salah 1 goal above Sergio Aguero on the EPL top goal-scorer standings.

In addition to 22 goals and 8 assists in the Premier league, Salah also scored 4 goals and added 2 assists in the Champions League, which totals to 25 goals and added 13 assists in all competitions for Liverpool.

In conclusion, we will list 5 key facts about Mo Salah, which we learned:

How much is Mohamed Salah worth?

– His market value is estimated to be 150 million € (£128,8 million /$167.7 million).

How many goals has Salah scored in his career?

– 146 goals and 83 assists in addition to 39 goals for the Egyptian national team.

What teams did Mohamed Salah play for?

– El Mokawloon, FC Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, AS Roma and Liverpool.

How many goals has Mo Salah scored this season?

– 26 goals to which he added 11 assists in all competitions.

How many goals did Salah score in the Premier League?

– 22 goals and 8 assists.

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