If there's one African player making tremendous waves around the world right now, then it is none other than Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian captain has been sensational since the beginning of this season owing to his mesmerizing skills and prolificity. However, prior to arriving at Liverpool, Salah began his playing career in 2010 at Al Mokawloon football club in his home country before he later proceeded to Basel in 2012.
Salah At His First Club
In order to be get more recognition, he signed for Premier league club Chelsea in 2014 where he was hoping to be given an opportunity to prove himself like most African players. Salah's Chelsea career was interrupted after reports suggested that he was to return to Egypt and be foisted back into military service, a patriotic duty he started and didn't complete. But following a meeting with some political office holders in his home country, he was temporary spared of military service and allowed to continue his career in football.
Rare Photo Of Mohamed Salah In Military ServiceImage credit: Tribuna.com
However, playing under a rigid manager in Jose Mourinho wasn't going to be an easy spell for the 29 year old who made only 19 appearances in the two years he spent at Stamford Bridge scoring just 2 goals.
On February 2015, he was shipped on loan to Fiorentina and then to Roma before Chelsea made the move permanent in 2016, Salah was arguably the most underrated African player at Stamford Bridge. As he enjoyed his time with Roma, it didn't take long before he returned to the Premier league in 2017, only this time, his destination was Anfield. Under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, Salah was a complete different footballer and soon became renown for his dribbling and clinical finishing. Alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, they created one of the most fearsome triumvirate in world football as Liverpool won the Champions league (2019) and the Premier league title (2020). His exploits and major honours earned him nomination for the 2018 and 2019 Ballon d'or award where he finished in 6th and 5th positions respectively. Furthermore, he has already won two African player of the year awards and is chasing a third this year. It comes as no surprise that he is the only African player to be nominated for the 2021 Ballon d'or award and although he isn't the favorite to win it, the nomination itself is proof of his consistency. Following his hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford days ago, the Egyptian has dethroned Didier Drogba and is now Africa's all time leading scorer in the Premier league with 106 goals. He currently sits top of the Premier league goalscoring chart with 10 goals so far this season and 15 in all competitions.
Salah is a phenomenon on the pitch and perhaps if he wasn't an African player, he would have bagged numerous Ballon d'or awards by now. From escaping military service, to an underwhelming Chelsea spell, to becoming African top-scoring player in the Premier league, Mohamed Salah has indeed come a long way in his career.
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