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10 Great Things You Never Knew About Mohammed Salah this Year.
Great Things You Never Knew About Mohammed Salah… Since bursting on to the scene as a footballers, Mohammed Salah has continued to impress football lovers and everyone alike with his uniqueness to his acts of kindness and more.
While you might know him as a great footballers and a kind man, here are the 10 great things you never knew about Mohammed Salah this year.
- He is a great philanthropist
Mohammed Salah or Mo Salah as he is fondly called throughout the football world, is just not a nice guy but a very generous person too. For years Mo Salah has been donating tons of money to fund the development in his native village of Nagrig in Egypt.
He donated and invested money to build a new school in the Nagrig village and he bought the latest medical equipments for the hospital in the region. Asides buying equipments for his region’s hospital and building a school for his village, Mo Salah donated a whooping $681,5000 to a Children’s Cancer Hospital in Egypt’s capital, Cairo so the hospital can purchase a bone marrow transplant machine.
- His Former High School Was Named After Him
Egypt had a topsy-turvy qualification competition for the recently concluded FIFA Men’s Football World Cup in Russia, on the last day of the World Cup qualification round with the hopes and dreams or the whole nation on his shoulders and the pressure, Salah stepped up calmly and score the penalty which was the winning goal qualifying Egypt for the World Cup.
The whole of Egypt was in joy and to show appreciation, the Governor or Ghariya changed the name of Salah’s former high school to ‘Mohammed Salah Industrial High School’.
- He has an incredible body which can withstand anything
Recently in an interview when he was asked what his normal diet is like, Mo Salah stated that the type of body he has gives him the freedom to each just about anything he fancies without worry, so whenever he is in Egypt, he first of all eats a serving or kushari.
Kushari is the national meal in Egypt and it is a combination of rice, lentils and pasted with tomato sauce which is spiced with garlic vinegar. Chickpeas and crispy fried onions are added as toppings.
- He Invited His Whole Village To His Wedding
Yes, he is married if you don’t know that! As preparations were on for his wedding to his longtime and childhood sweetheart Maggi in 2013, Salah surprised everyone by inviting every member of his village Nagrig to his wedding and even thousands of guest too. You can imagine how big a celebration that was and how happy everyone was. Isn’t Salah just super nice?
- He’s a great fan of Muhammed Ali
In June 4, 2016, he remembered Muhammed Ali when Ali died in a Twitter post where he stated:
“We athletes will continue to learn from you Mohammed Ali for a long time to come. May you rest in peace.”
_ Mohammed Salah (@MoSalah) June 4, 2016
It’s easy to see why Salah idolizes Muhammed Ali even beyond the obvious. Salah and Ali seem to have come from similar backgrounds. Like Ali, Salah rose like a phoenix from the ruins of his spell at Chelsea to become a global football superstar .
- He named his daughter after a historical site
His daughter with Maggi was born in 2014 during his spell at Chelsea in the city of London. Both lovebirds named their daughter ‘Makka’ to honour the famous Holy site of Mecca. There’s a little twist though; Makka’s parents had to slightly alter her name to become ‘Makka’ because ‘Mecca’ is linked with a famous casino and gambling is banned in Islam.
Smart, right? Salah and Maggi got what they wanted – naming their daughter after Mecca, but they did so with going against their religious convictions.
- He has the cutest nicknames in football
Yes! You read that correctly. He has many versions of nicknames too.
Salah is fondly referred to as ‘The Pharaoh” in his native country of Egypt. Footballers and football lovers around the world also refer to Salah as ‘The Egyptian Messi’ and this isn’t far-fetched if you watch Salah play with his style of play which is mesmerizing, from his dribbles, to passes to crosses to even headers which are no doubt reminiscing of footballing legend, Messi play.
Liverpool fans? You bet they have a nickname for him as you guessed already. Liverpool fans call Salah ‘The Egyptian King’ and to crown their affection for their beloved forward, they composed a song with the nickname to sing along to the tune of ‘Sit Down’ sang by the band James.
- He Was Made A Political Candidate!
In the Egyptian presidential elections of this year, the incredible happened: about one million registered voter’s on voting day, struck out the names of two of the presidential candidates for the elections on the ballot paper and instead wrote Salah’s name of their ballot papers!
Let’s put what they meant into perspective, if those votes which we’re obviously nullified has been counted as valid votes, he would have been second in the presidential election! Crazy, right? Indeed it is.
- Resilient and committed to success
To further show you how far Mo Salah has come, as a teenager, he used to travel for four hours to and four hours from his hometown to Egypt’s capital, Cairo, everyday by boarding 10 different buses in all just so he could get to the training venue in Cairo.
Salah kept making this round, tiring and long trips for four years and consistently for five days of every week!
Really humbling if you think about it.
- Extremely kind
What would you do if you could apprehend a burglar who broke into your home and carted away your belonging? Hold that thought for a while.
Salah’s family home was broken into and burgled when he was not a home playing a football game. A few days later, the police in Egypt apprehended the burglar. Though Salah’s father wanted to go on to press charges against the burglar, Salah prevailed on him to drop the case.
Instead, he gave the burglar money and even tried to get a job for him so he could become a better man and live a good life.
How incredible is that?!
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