Liverpool’s Mo Salah is a Rare Breed in Football

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When Mo Salah arrived at Liverpool for a club-record fee of £36.9 million in 2017, English Premier League fans didn’t expect him to do as well as he has done. For Salah – who had failed to impress at Chelsea – was most remembered for being a bit-part player who had racked up a moderate number of appearances.

This season has been unbelievable for the Egyptian. Having guided his country to the World Cup in Russia this year, his club exploits have seen him drive Liverpool up the table. With 31 goals in 33 appearances in the Premier League alone, Salah has been on fire. Bet-on-football.co.uk is a great source for news and odds and has the Liverpool forward tipped for a clean sweep in player awards this season. It has been some year.

Salah Has Bagged Major Awards This Season

The Egyptian has been named African Player of the Year, PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Association Footballer, of the Year and is expected to win the Premier League Player of the year when it is announced. This is a tremendous haul of awards, which reinforces the type of form he has shown throughout the season. Salah could also potentially win the UEFA Champion’s League, too.

You would think that all of this success would be enough to go straight to a player’s head, and drive their ego through the roof, but for Mohamed Salah, he still remains the same person he was prior to the season starting.

A Humble and Gracious Footballer

Salah’s start in his footballing life was humble. He would travel between eight and ten hours per day to train with his junior team in Cairo, under the tutelage of a man he claims to be his ‘second father,’

“Mohamed might have been different from other Egyptian professional footballers,” Noor, his first coach, said (via CNN.com).

This humility and level-headed attitude has seen Salah become the darling of his home country of Egypt. To many of the countries inhabitants, he represents a link between Egypt and the rest of the world. The immense pride that his compatriots display when talking about Salah is typified by the words of his first coach:

“He figured out his path and he adapted to professional work. He adapted to it because between the ages of 12 and 15 years old he resided in a hotel where he’d wake up and come down to the field.

“Early on, he figured out the fundamentals of professionalism.”

A Different Type of Footballer

What separates Salah from many other footballers is the way with which he has handled the attention and plaudits which have come his way. Other players might have already lost the run of themselves, and pushed for higher wages or a move away from the club where he has achieved his greatest success, yet Salah is simply focused on his football.

As an example to younger players, you can get no better than Mohamed Salah.

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