Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is a 27-year old wonder from Egypt. His role is forward and he plays for Egypt’s national team, though his current club is Liverpool. Salah was very good with the ball ever since he was but a boy. He started his football career in El Mokawloon in 2010 and two years later, he transferred to FC Basel in Switzerland.
In the same year, 2012, he represented Egypt at the Summer Olympics, where he was named the Most Promising African Talent of the Year. We are going to cover his early years, his professional history, and his personal life.
Football was always a priority for Salah. His family was not poor, nor was it rich, meaning that he would have to work hard at his academics in order to succeed professionally, but this simply did not interest him. He was either playing or watching football on TV.
Much to his parents’ dismay, his lack of effort in education yielded the expected results, and Salah was not interested in having a conventional career. He loved Arabic football players. Playing the game was just fun for him, until opportunity knocked on his door – he joined in El Mokawloon in Cairo. Though the commute was unbearable, Mohamed persisted, as football was his calling. In 2010, Mohamed Salah was 18. It was then that he joined the senior team, though not as a frontrunner.
The Riot and Its Aftermath
In 2012, there was a riot during a match between Masri and Ahly. Fans of Masri were invading the pitch, throwing bottles at Ahly’s players and fans, which led to 72 people losing their lives. The future of the Egyptian Premier League was in jeopardy. After all, if the fans were going to get so violent during every match, would there be a point in continuing with football at all?
Mohamed Salah got lucky, or simply recognized. A Swiss club, called FC Basel, signed him on for four years. The team led him to his UEFA Championship League debut, and he was not ungrateful – his performance made Basel finish second in the Swiss Cup, and win the 2013 Uhrencup.
By now, the clubs were fighting over him. He played for Chelsea, who loaned him to Fiorentina and, subsequently, to Roma. In 2017, he signed on with Liverpool, where he is still playing. That is, until his country needs him. He was among the top scorers in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
Salah is Muslim and performs sujood every time he scores a goal, but he is also the advocate of women’s rights in the Middle East. He got married in 2013 and has a daughter, Makka, who is 5 years old. Salah also contributes regularly to the development of his hometown.