June 15 is Mohamed Salah’s birthday. The Egypt and Liverpool striker and two-time GQ cover star is now 28-years-of-age.
And what a 28-years it’s been. From his hometown of Nagrig to playing on the biggest stages in world football, Salah’s rise has been meteoric.
Beginning his career at Egyptian club El Mokawloon, Salah moved to Swiss side Basel before attracting the attention of the Premier League and Chelsea. Playing just 13 times, he was loaned to and eventually signed for Italian club Roma. After he helped Roma to a second-place finish in Serie A in 2017, he signed to Liverpool that same year for a then club-record fee of $46m.
Since joining The Kop he has gone from great footballer to superstar player and is now widely considered to be among the best in the world. He’s broken the record for most goals scored in a single season (32 from 38 games), won the Premier League Golden Boot and become the highest scoring overseas player in a single season, beating Ronaldo and Suarez.
Salah’s exploits haven’t just been at a club level, either. He’s twice won the CAF African footballer of the year (2017 and 2018), represented Egypt at the 2012 Olympics and in 2019 was awarded our inaugural Man of the Year award. He was also named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Oh and that year he also won the Champion’s League, beating Tottenham in the final. 2019 was a very busy year.
2020 was also shaping up to be a bumper year until the coronavirus hit. Despite the season being suspended, Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at the top of the table, with the Egyptian king on 20 goals.
Away from football, Salah has donated $3m to Egypt’s National Cancer Institute, and has spent years helping to redevelop his hometown, paying for a school and a hospital to be built.