Mohamed Salah was born on June 15, 1992 in Gharbia, Egypt. From a young age, he showed immense talent for football.
Playing for Youth Teams
At age 8, Salah joined the youth team of his local club El Mokawloon. He rose through the ranks quickly and by age 14, he was training with the club’s senior team. However, due to his young age, he was unable to join the senior team until 2010 when he turned 18.
Representing Egypt on Youth Level
Salah’s talents were recognized early on by the Egyptian Football Association. In 2005 at age 13, he was called up to the Egypt U-20 team. He helped the youth Pharaohs win the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in 2011 and also played on the Egypt Olympic Team at the London 2012 Olympics.
Early Club Career
Salah made his senior debut for El Mokawloon in the Egyptian Premier League in 2010 at age 18. He immediately impressed, scoring his first goal just 20 days after his league debut. After a breakout season in 2011-12 where he scored 14 goals, Salah secured a transfer to Europe with Swiss club Basel.
Success and Stardom at Basel
In April 2012, Basel signed the 19-year-old Salah on a 4-year contract for a transfer fee reported to be around €1.5 million. This marked a major milestone in the Egyptian’s young career.
Winning League Titles
During his 2 seasons at Basel, Salah won the Swiss Super League title both in 2012-13 and 2013-14. He was one of the team’s key contributors, scoring 20 goals in 74 games across all competitions.
Shining in Europe
Salah made his mark on the European stage while at Basel. In the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, he scored in key wins over Chelsea and Tottenham. The next season, Salah scored in both legs of Basel’s round of 16 tie against eventual runners-up Atletico Madrid.
Gaining International Attention
His performances for Basel quickly attracted attention from top clubs around Europe. After just two seasons in Switzerland, several major teams were battling for Salah’s signature.
Liverpool and the Premier League
In January 2014, Premier League giants Chelsea signed Salah for £11 million. However, he struggled for playing time at Stamford Bridge and had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before joining Liverpool.
Underwhelming Time at Chelsea
Despite arriving to huge fanfare, Salah found minutes hard to come by on a talent-laden Blues squad. Across all competitions in 2013-14, he made just 19 appearances and scored only 2 goals. The next season he was loaned out to Fiorentina and then Roma, never making an impact at Chelsea.
Rediscovering Form in Italy
Salah’s career was revived with his loans to Fiorentina and Roma. In Serie A, he recaptured his best form – scoring 14 goals for Fiorentina in 2014-15 then 19 for Roma in 2015-16. His speed, dribbling, and lethal left foot were on full display in Italy’s top flight.
Transfer to Liverpool and Instant Success
After shining on loan, Roma bought Salah’s rights from Chelsea for €15 million in 2016. However, after just 1 season, Liverpool swooped in and signed the Egyptian for €42 million in June 2017.
The move to Anfield propelled Salah into the global football elite. In 2017-18, he scored 44 goals across all club competitions, including 32 in the Premier League to win the Golden Boot.
Consistent World-Class Production
Since joining Liverpool, Salah has maintained outstanding production. In 5 seasons on Merseyside, he has tallied 168 goals and 65 assists in 228 games across all competitions. For his performances, he has won a Champions League title, Premier League title, and numerous individual honors.
Achievements and Honors
Mohamed Salah is already considered a Liverpool and Egyptian legend for his accomplishments in club and international football.
PFA Player of the Year (2017-18)
In his debut Liverpool season, Salah was voted Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year by his peers.
Premier League Golden Boot (2017-18, 2018-19, 2021-22)
Salah has won the Golden Boot for most Premier League goals in a season three times – in 2018, 2019 and 2022. Only Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer have won it more times.
UEFA Champions League Winner (2018-19)
In just his second season with Liverpool, Salah helped lead the club to its sixth European title by defeating Tottenham in the 2019 Champions League final.
Premier League Winner (2019-20)
After a 30-year drought, Salah was instrumental in Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League winning season – their first ever Premier League title.
CAF African Footballer of the Year (2017, 2018)
Salah was voted African Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football in 2017 and 2018. He was the first Egyptian to win since Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.
Playing Style and Goal Scoring
With his speed, technique, and intelligence, Salah has developed into one of the most feared forwards in football.
Lightning Quick Acceleration
What makes Salah truly dangerous is his outstanding acceleration and agility, allowing him to breeze past defenders. His superb running technique epitomizes the term “speedster.”
Lethal Left Foot
While capable with both feet, Salah does his greatest damage with his vicious left foot. Given the slightest sight of goal, he can whip in powerful shots from improbable angles.
Salah possesses natural instincts in the penalty area. He is exceptionally skilled at finding pockets of space to get shots off and finishing first-time opportunities.
While known for his scoring, Salah is also an adept creator. His combination play with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is a key component of Liverpool’s fluid attack.
Overall, Salah’s pace, finishing, and intelligence make him a complete nightmare for defenders. There are few more clinical forwards in football when given the slightest glimpse of the goal.
Captain of Egypt’s National Team
For his native Egypt, Salah has already achieved legendary status and is currently the team captain.
Egypt’s All-Time Leading Scorer
With 46 goals in 80 caps, Salah is already Egypt’s highest scoring player ever. He surpassed the previous record of Hossam Hassan (69 caps, 44 goals) in 2021.
2018 World Cup Qualification
After a 28-year drought, Salah led Egypt to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. However, an injury in the Champions League final ruled him out of Egypt’s opener and stunted his impact.
2021 AFCON Run to Final
As hosts of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt made a deep run to the final led by captain Salah. He scored 2 goals in 6 matches but could not lead the Pharaohs past Senegal in a penalty shootout in the decider.
2022 World Cup Qualification
Once again, Salah spearheaded Egypt’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign. He scored in both playoff matches against Senegal, including the eventual winner to seal qualification in the second leg.
With his star shining brighter than ever, Salah will aim to lead Egypt on a deep run in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Salah’s Legacy and Influence Beyond Football
As arguably Africa’s biggest football star, Salah’s impact transcends beyond just his performance on the pitch.
Ambassador for the UNHCR
Salah is an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He frequently donates money and uses his platform to direct resources towards refugees.
As a high-profile Muslim athlete, Salah has been outspoken against Islamophobia. His success presents a positive representation of Muslims and Africans.
Inspiring Egyptian Youth
In Egypt, Salah is a heroic figure who inspires youth to chase their dreams. As the first Egyptian to win the PFA Player of the Year, he has given unprecedented hope to aspiring footballers.
Despite his global fame, Salah remains deeply humble and devout. He prays before matches, prostrates after goals, and gives thanks to God for his successes. This humility endears him to supporters around the world.
On and off the pitch, Salah’s skill, achievements, principles, and character all contribute to make him a sporting icon. He will continue to have an enormous influence across Egypt, Africa, and the Muslim world.
In conclusion, Mohamed Salah has already carved out a legendary career in the sport at just 31 years old. With records, trophies, and honors to his name, he is arguably Africa’s biggest football icon today.
His success and principles have made him a role model for Egyptians and Muslims around the world.
While his career accomplishments are immense for a player his age, Salah remarkably remains in the prime of his career. As he continues leading Liverpool’s charge for more titles and captains Egypt at the 2022 World Cup, there are likely more memorable moments ahead. Salah’s story is far from over – the coming years will likely only cement his iconic status in football history.
FAQs about Mohamed Salah
What is Mohamed Salah’s current club?
Salah currently plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League. He was signed by the Reds in 2017 from Roma.
How many goals has he scored for Liverpool?
As of January 2024, Salah has scored 168 goals for Liverpool in 228 appearances across all competitions.
What are some of Salah’s individual honors?
Salah has won numerous individual honors including the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Premier League Golden Boot (3 times), and CAF African Footballer of the Year (twice).
Is Salah the captain of the Egyptian national team?
Yes, Salah currently serves as captain of the Egyptian national team. He is their all-time leading scorer with 46 goals in 80 matches.
How old is Mohamed Salah?
Salah was born on June 15, 1992. He is currently 31 years old as of 2024.