Italy prior to his arrival to Liverpool. Then, we focused on the latest, and brilliant, year of Salah’s under Klopp’s guidance. In our fourth and final delivery, we’ll talk about his performance with the national team of Egypt, and the influence he’s had not only in his home andOn the first part of the series Mohammed Salah: The Rise of the Pharaoh, we explored the early years and first contact with professional football of Salah in his natal Egypt. On the second one, his nomadic journey through Switzerland, England nation, but in all Africa. Hope you’ve enjoyed the series!
Against all odds, Liverpool has made it to the final of the Champions League and will face Real Madrid tomorrow in a match that promises to be an epic duel. It’s a historical achievement, as The Red’s years of glory seemed to be far away. This season, however, Liverpool’s amazing performance has given hope again to the fans and has surprised the whole world; It seems the legendary club is leaving behind the lethargy of last years and is rising again.
While many factors can be attributed to Liverpool’s resurgence, the most prominent is the presence of a rising star: Mohammed Salah. Named the Egyptian Pharaoh, Mo’s already a hero in Liverpool due to his vital contribution to the club’s renaissance, and all hopes of taking home the cup on Saturday are placed on him. The Egyptian has a big appointment at Kiev, probably the most important in his life.
Setting apart the amazing achievements he’s made with The Reds, it’s time to look at Salah’s profound impact on his homeland, and the humanity he’s displayed and makes him not only a great football player, but an amazing human being. If the Pharaoh is now loved and praised by Liverpool fans, at home he’s considered a hero.
Making his debut with the senior national team in 2011, he helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and he became the top scorer during CAF qualification to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Salah scored a 95th-minute penalty on a dramatic encounter against Congo that sealed Egypt’s classification to the World Cup for the first time in over a quarter of a century. Celebrations were massive; people were crying and celebrating on the streets for the victory achieved.
Mo Salah has scored 33 goals in 57 matches for the Egyptian national team.
Besides giving happiness to his nation regarding athletic achievements, the welfare of his people has always been among Salah’s priorities since he moved to the old continent. The Egyptian, who earns £90,000 every week and has a price-tag of at least £200million, has never forgotten where he came from, spending without reserves to improve the lives of people he left behind in Nagrig, his hometown.
Why has he earned has earned the nickname ‘happiness maker’? First, in a place where medical equipment is lacking, Salah has bought expensive medical equipment and ambulances to provide people to much needed health-related materials. He has funded the construction of a youth centre, where the youngsters can find sport’s facilities, a girls’ school -the building will save locals the burden of sending the girls outside of the village by bus to learn- and a sophisticated medical centre with all the requirements needed. Egyptians, in order to show their gratitude, decided that a secondary school in the city of Basyoun should bear his name, as does a sports centre in Nagrig.
To ensure donations were getting to the right people, Salah has set up his own charity inNagrig, by which he has helped. Mo has a big heart, that’s for sure, and the most amazing part of it is the humble and discrete disposition by which Salah helps his people. Every kid inNagrig, and most of Egypt, now wear Liverpool shirts with ‘Salah 11’ on the back of it. The striker is an inspiration to millions and has assumed the role of national figure with dignity and responsibility.
As an example of this, the “Say No to Drugs” campaign set up by the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA) launched this year, features Salah watching as a kid is forced to choose between hanging out with people who take drugs or his friends. At the end of the short clip, Salah looks at the camera and says: “Say No to Drugs”, with the advert displaying a hotline number. The video went viral on social media in Egypt, exceeding five million views in the first three days of its release and the drugs rehabilitation hotline witnessed an overwhelming 400 per cent increase in calls after the campaign.
“Salah had that dream of becoming rich so as to help his people,” Dr al-Ghamrawi, who directs a national programme to fight the disease, said in an interview with The Sun UK. “He has financed the purchase of two incubators for premature infants at Basyoun Hospital, which saved families the burden of having to travel outside the province for treatment.”
It seems unbelievable that a kid from a remote village in a country with little to none football tradition became what he’s now. Salah is a rising-star, who has broken this season more records than most football players can only dream of achieving. The Pharaoh will share tomorrow pitch with the greatest football players of the planet, and he will look forward to giving glory to both Liverpool’s fans, and Egyptian people. The course of his life can be seen as an arduous journey; a metaphor for all human struggles and fights; the example that the one who perseveres, succeeds and, above all, the prove that if the world could have more kindness, respect, humility and humanity, it would be a greater place. Salah said it best when he was collecting his award for African Player of the Year in December. “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing.”