Mohamed Salah Biography

Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian footballer, is a forward for both the Egyptian national team and the Premier League club ‘Liverpool.’ Hailing from Gharbia, Egypt, Salah’s exceptional football skills were evident from a young age. He began his career with the youth team of the Egyptian club ‘El Mokawloon’ before swiftly transitioning to the senior team in the ‘Egyptian Premier League’ in 2010. Salah’s talent caught the attention of the Swiss football club ‘FC Basel,’ where he played a crucial role in their triumph in the 2012-13 ‘Swiss Championship’ and the 2013 ‘Uhren cup.’ In 2014, he made history as the first Egyptian player to join ‘Chelsea.’ Following stints with ‘Roma’ and a loan spell at ‘Fiorentina,’ Salah signed a new contract with ‘Liverpool’ in 2017. His remarkable achievements led to him being named the ‘African Footballer of the Year’ by BBC and CAF in 2017.

Quick Facts

  • Nick Name: The Pharaoh, Egyptian King
  • Also Known As: Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly
  • Age: 31 Years, 31 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Magi Salah (m. 2013)
    • Father: Salah Ghaly
    • Siblings: Nasr Salah
    • Children: Kayan Mohamed Salah, Makka Mohamed Salah
  • Born Country: Egypt
  • Football Players
  • Egyptian Men
  • Height: 5’9″ (175 cm), 5’9″ Males
  • More Facts
  • Awards:
    • 2018 – Premier League Player of the Month
    • 2018 – African Player of the Year
    • 2012 – CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year
    • 2018; 2017 – CAF Africa’s finest XI
    • 2017 – BBC African Footballer of the Year

Childhood & Early Life

Mohamed Salah was born on June 15, 1992, in Nagrig, Gharbia, Egypt, to average middle-class parents. Mohamed wasn’t good at academics, which worried his parents. Mohamed tried finding the right balance between his academics and football but he could never improve his academics. Football remained his priority all through his childhood and teenage days.

When he wasn’t playing, he was watching football on television. Among his early idols were some Arabic players. His parents wanted a conventional career for him, but unaffected by his parents’ wishes, Salah kept himself completely engrossed in football.

At first, Salah played football just for fun, but he started taking it as a serious career opportunity when he joined a local youth club ‘El Mokawloon’ in Cairo. It was far away from his hometown and he had to change five buses to reach the academy, which further harmed his academics, but his passion for the game kept him focused.

In May 2010, at the age of 18, he was finally accepted into the senior team of his club. At first, Salah mostly played as a substitute player but eventually, as his game improved, he became a regular forward in the team. Around 2012, the ‘Egyptian Premier League’ faced a shutdown and the fate of many of its players became uncertain.

Career

When the ‘Port Said Stadium Disaster’ threatened the existence of the ‘Egyptian Premier League,’ Swiss club ‘Basel’ offered him a contract. In April 2012, he signed a four-year contract with Basel. He made his ‘UEFA Championship League’ debut in the same year and in the ‘Europa League,’ and scored on many crucial occasions to help his team reach the semi-finals, where they eventually lost.

Salah played an important role in Basel’s 2012-13 ‘Swiss Super League Championship’ victory, and a great performance in the Swiss Cup, where they finished runners-up. In the beginning of the next season, Salah was part of the Basel squad that won the ‘Uhren Cup.’

He performed very well against Chelsea in two matches within a few weeks, which made the club interested in him. In January 2014, he joined Chelsea.

In February 2014, Salah debuted for Chelsea in the ‘Premier League’ against ‘Newcastle United’ and scored his first goal against Arsenal in March. Before the beginning of the 2014-15 season, it was reported that Salah could go back to Egypt to complete his mandatory military training, but as it turned out, Salah had met the Egyptian Prime Minister and got himself exempted.

In February 2015, Chelsea loaned him to the Italian club ‘Fiorentina,’ which was valid until the end of the 2015-16 season. On February 14, he made his debut for the club, and at the end of the season, Salah showed his reluctance to join ‘Fiorentina’ back. He was interested in joining another Serie A team ‘A.S. Roma’ instead.

In August 2015, he transferred to ‘Roma’ on loan. In September 2015, ‘Fiorentina,’ miffed with Chelsea’s breach of contract, filed a case, but it was later settled and Salah stayed with ‘Roma.’

By the end of his first season for ‘Roma,’ Salah emerged as the ‘Best Player’ of the Season and also the top scorer with 15 goals. In 2016, Roma’s management approached him for a permanent deal and he agreed to it. Despite signing a long-term deal with ‘Roma,’ Salah couldn’t resist an offer by ‘Liverpool’ in 2017.

In June 2017, Salah agreed to a long-term contract with Liverpool for 50 million Pounds, which was a club record. He, thus, became Liverpool’s first-ever Egyptian player and scored in his debut match against ‘Watford.’ He was named as ‘Player of the Month’ for August by Liverpool fans.

In one of his matches against ‘Watford,’ he scored 4 goals to secure a 5-0 victory for his team. This was his first hat-trick for ‘Liverpool’ and by the end of the season, he emerged as the leading goal-scorer with 36 goals.

Personal Life

Mohamed Salah is a devoted Muslim and after every goal, he performs sujood. His fans have reiterated that if Salah keeps scoring goals, they would convert to Islam!

In 2012, Salah married Maggi and the couple has a daughter, Makka. The little girl was born in London and has been christened after the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

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