Mo Salah’s Goal Celebration Is A Tribute To His Egyptian Teammate
Mo Salah celebrated the return of the Premier League season with a hat-trick over Leeds, helping Liverpool to a 4-3 win this weekend.
Keen-eyed fans however will have noticed his unusual goal celebration. The Egyptian star striker marked his winning goal by holding his hands to his ears and sticking his tongue out.
The unusual gesture was, in fact, a tribute to Moamen Zakaria, Salah’s former Egypt teammate.
Zakaria has had to retire from football after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease (or ALS), a progressive neurological disorder.
Former Egypt and Al Ahly player Zakaraia would celebrate scoring a goal by holding his hands over his ears, and it’s this gesture which Salah emulated after scoring on against Leeds on Sunday.
Tonight, Al Ahly players paid tribute to their teammate Moamen Zakaria who is battling the incurable ALS in their 3-0 win over Ismaily by touching both their ears - his trademark celebration.
Zamalek goalkeeper Mahmoud Genish put the club’s rivalry aside to wear this shirt. pic.twitter.com/etKP4kKvJH— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) September 11, 2020
Tributes to the Egyptian footballer, aged just 32, have also come in from his former teammates at Al Ahly. During their 3-0 win over Ismaily, players at the club payed their respects to Zakaraia by copying his celebration.
After the tributes, Zakaraia sent this message on Twitter
'I thanked Al Ahly's management and players. I enjoyed one of the most beautiful days of my life with. It was one of the sweetest days in my life for almost two years. I thank all fans. Your prayers to me for a speedy recovery.'