- May 24, 2018
- Posted by: ZK Goh
- Category: Five things, News
Mo Salah is the talk of the football world at the moment as he prepares to lead Liverpool’s attack in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.
He is affectionately nicknamed the “Egyptian King” by his club’s fans.
And his goalscoring exploits this season have seen him sweep the top player awards in England.
Here are five fun facts about the forward you may not know:
His boots are on display at the British Museum
The British Museum has a wide range of artefacts from across the world.
Now their Ancient Egypt collection has something somewhat more modern displayed alongside it.
Mo Salah’s boots.
We’ve made an exciting new acquisition! To celebrate Egyptian footballing star @MoSalah being top scorer in the Premier League this season, we’ll be displaying his boots alongside objects from ancient Egypt in the run up to the Champions League final ⚽️🏆 pic.twitter.com/DBZDW5Q6kD
— British Museum (@britishmuseum) May 17, 2018
They helped him score 32 league goals for Liverpool this season, a new Premier League record for a 38-game season.
“The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact,” a spokesman said.
So the Museum may have thought they were tapping into an open net with the acquisition.
Unfortunately for them, it seems the Egyptian government’s Archaeology Ministry disagreed with the decision.
More people are going to England’s oldest mosque because of him
Most players, if they are lucky, get one song or chant sung about them by their fans.
Salah has endeared himself quickly to the Liverpool faithful, who have created multiple melodies to serenade their star man.
There are songs referencing his Islamic faith.
"Mohamed Salah… a gift from Allah.." ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/G55MJP9sC1
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) May 2, 2018
And Salah has been credited with a rise in attendance at England’s oldest mosque, which is in Liverpool.
The most common song for the attacker, though, is set to the 1989 hit ‘Sit Down’ by Manchester band James.
It’s from this fan chant his “Egyptian King” nickname derives.
The man himself approves.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 5, 2018
His daughter’s gone viral
It’s not just Mohamed Salah who’s been in the limelight!
His daughter Makka stole the show on the last day of the Premier League season.
I think you’ll love this video from the Anfield gantry. Mo Salah’s daughter stole the show. That moment when she realises that the entire crowd are cheering her! Then Daddy gets booed whilst holding his Golden Boot. Brilliant. 😂👏 #MoSalah #LFC pic.twitter.com/QhUkRqYhL5
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) May 13, 2018
While her father was busy collecting his award for top goalscorer, Salah junior was enthralling the Anfield crowd kicking a ball around.
It’s not often you’ll hear Anfield jeer Mo Salah.
But that’s exactly what they did when he tried to take the ball away from his daughter.
Could Mo Salah be Egypt’s next president?
The “Egyptian King” is only 25 years old.
That’s probably a bit young to run a country (despite his nickname).
But Salah’s relative youth didn’t stop some voters in Egypt’s recent presidential elections from spoiling their ballots by writing his name on their voting papers.
It’s not hard to see why he’s a source of national pride.
Aside from his achievements at club level, Salah scored the vital penalty that took Egypt through to their first World Cup in 28 years.
He also did not play for either of Cairo’s main football clubs, allowing fans of both teams to celebrate him despite their allegiances.
The forward was called up to his country’s under-23 Olympic Games squad for London 2012.
Aged just 20, he scored one goal in each of Egypt’s three group games, against Brazil, Belarus, and New Zealand.
The team qualified for the last eight, but were eliminated by Japan.
When Egypt played Brazil, Salah went up in a positional matchup against Marcelo, coming out on top by scoring in a losing effort.
This weekend, the pair will face off once again, with Marcelo donning the white of Real Madrid.