Mohamed Salah may have scored over a century of goals but he will forever be remembered in Egypt for just one – the late strike against Congo in October that took the Pharaohs to their first World Cup in over a quarter of a century.
Egypt – African champions a record seven times – had not reached a World Cup since 1990, but Salah was given the chance to seal their place in Russia 2018 from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time with the score at 1-1.
The goal cemented his reign as King of the Pharaohs in 2017. His team mates nicknamed ‘Salah’s Egypt’ thanks to the winger often inspiring a limited side to the top.
Salah scored five of the seven World Cup qualifying goals that took Egypt to this summer’s world cup tournament.
He was equally impressive at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, where he earned a place in the team of the tournament after having a hand in four of Egypt’s five goals – scoring twice – as the North Africans finished runners-up to Cameroon.
On the League seen after joining Liverpool from Roma in Italy in June 2017, the start to his Anfield career could scarcely have gone better as he was named the club’s player of the month in August and September.
A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six games.
Salah’s superb start in England was a continuation of his fine form in Italy, where the diminutive player was a key figure in Roma’s best league placing in seven years.
He scored fifteen (15) times and provided eleven (11) assists in a league famed for its defending as Roma finished second, trailing champions Juventus by just four points.
Salah won the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the 1st time and 1st time nominee; he is the first Egyptian to win it since the heroic Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.