Mo Salah Wants To Win The Lot
It’s been a year to remember for Mohamed Salah.
A glorious run to the Champions League final with Liverpool. A 44-goal season for the Merseyside club. And qualification for a first Word Cup in 28 years with Egypt.
The personal accolades continue to flood for GQ Middle East's cover star. Salah recently won the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second year running, to add to his Premier League Player of the Year, Premier League Golden Boot and PFA Player of the Year awards.
A stunning strike against Everton at Anfield also claimed the FIFA Puskas award for best of last season.
But it’s not quite his favourite goal in the red of Liverpool.
“I would say, because of the importance of the match, the two goals I scored against Roma,” Salah told GQ Middle East. “They were good goals and that match got us to the Champions League final.”
“The whole city was behind us and so it seemed was the whole Arab world, so for me that match and those goals were the most important ones for me.”
Though the Champions League ended in injury for Salah as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, the 26-year-old has put that memory firmly behind him as he seeks success with the Merseyside club.
“I want to win a trophy with Liverpool, last year we were close with the Champions League, but this year I’m very determined, and as you can see from the team’s performances we can go on to win a trophy this year.”
Helped by some scintillating performances in recent weeks by Salah, Liverpool are now top of the Premier League and through to the last 16 of the Champions League.
But which of these two trophies would the man Liverpool fans call the Egyptian King prefer in 2019?
“I prefer both,” says Salah, laughing.
Though the shoulder injury also meant a World Cup to forget for Salah, and Egypt, he’s now hoping to inspire his country to glory at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations next June.
“We qualified to the World Cup, and now my ambition is to win the African Cup of Nations, not just once but many times,” Salah says. “It’s very big deal for us Egyptians. Wearing the national team shirt is something that has made me proud throughout my life.”
“I want to win championships with Egypt, so I hope next year will be the beginning of that.”
His opponents have been warned. Mo Salah is on the hunt for success once again.
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