Mohamed Salah was born in Nagrig, Gharbia, Egypt in 1992 to a middle class family. Having discovered a love of football at an early age, Salah was forced to balance his academic work and playing the sport he loved.
Football Over Study
However, as soon as it became clear Salah had a talent football, which superseded his academic ability, the Egyptian chose to concentrate his efforts on the sport he loved. This often meant long journeys to and from training after school but Salah’s dedication paid off. El Mokawloon, the club Salah joined as a youngster promoted him to the senior squad when he was 18 years old. He quickly became a regular in the first team and caught the eye of Swiss club Basel while representing his country.
Transfer to Europe
Salah made the move to Switzerland and was soon playing in the Champions League and Europa League against the biggest club teams in the world. He played an important role in Basel winning the Swiss league in 2012/13 and caught the attention of Chelsea during two matches against the Premier League club. Salah moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 but things did not work out as planned under Jose Mourinho. Salah rarely started matches and was forced to look elsewhere for regular first team football.
Having met the Egyptian Prime Minister and received an exemption from military duty, Salah joined Italian club Fiorentina on loan in 2015. It wasn’t long before other Italian clubs were taking note of his performances and having played on loan for Roma, Salah joined the Italian giants in 2016 on a permanent deal. The Premier League had seen little of Salah during his spell at Chelsea but that was all about to change when a big money move to Liverpool was reported.
Return to the Premier League
Salah impressed during his short time at the Stadio Olimpico and the fee to take him to Anfield was around £36.9 million. This was seen as a big risk by Liverpool for a player who appeared to struggle in the Premier League with Chelsea. The Egyptian quickly settled into life under Jurgen Klopp and scored on his Premier League debut for Liverpool at Watford. It was the perfect start to Salah’s Liverpool career but no one, not even the player himself, could have anticipated the season he would enjoy. During the 2017/18 season, Salah broke the record for the number of goals scored in a 38 game Premier League campaign and won several individual honours. He reached the Champions League final, only to leave the pitch early with a shoulder injury but will still play a part in the 2018 World Cup for Egypt.
Born on June 15, 1992 Transfer:
£36.9 million Net Worth:
£1.7 Million Salary:
£90,000 per week Goals:
32 goals in 38 Premier League games Song:
Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Running down the wing, Salah la la la la la la la, Egyptian king (to the tune of James' 1990 hit, Sit Down)