Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly one of the biggest African players in the English Premier League and in European football. His rise to fame in the world of football, coupled with his humility, has endeared him to the hearts of many people across the globe.
Now his inspirational story and achievements will be taught to school children in Egypt with the hope that it will inspire them to do greater things, according to The Times.
His career story, his remarkable goal-scoring ability and his philanthropic activities have become a topic in textbooks for primary and secondary schools throughout Egypt.
“Salah’s desire to help others is because he wants to give young people a chance to succeed,” an excerpt from one textbook read. “He is a role model to millions of Egyptians who give him the nickname ‘the happiness maker’.”
The book is illustrated with a photo of Salah, an observant Muslim and his daughter Mekka, who shares a name with Islam’s holy city of Mecca.
Since joining Liverpool in 2017, the Egyptian player has been phenomenal for the Merseyside club, earning him the nickname “The Egyptian King.” He joined the club from AS Roma, costing $47 million.
He has scored an incredible 140 goals for Liverpool and also helped the club win the Champions League. He is already up and running in this year’s league, scoring 15 goals at the time of writing this story.
According to TalkSports, Salah has now scored in ten consecutive games this season – the first man to achieve the feat in Liverpool’s 129-year history. He is also the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive games at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old player still has two years more on his contract at Liverpool but there are rumors he wants big wages to stay at Liverpool.
SportBible reports that Salah wants wages of up to £500,000 ($687,000) a week in his new deal, which would make him the best-paid player in Liverpool’s history and one of the top earners in football if pen is put to paper.
Clubs like PSG and Real Madrid are rumored to be interested in the Egyptian forward.
Salah, who had a tough start, has been working to alleviate poverty in his hometown, Nagrig in Gharbia. He has used his wealth to build hospitals and schools and funded an ambulance unit in his birthplace, Nagrig in the Nile Delta. He also offers monthly allowances to families struggling to make ends meet.