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On This Day (June 15): On Mohamed Salah’s B’day, Here’s List of Lesser-Known Fun Facts

The Liverpool forward turns 32 today

June 15, i.e., today marks the birthday of Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly, one of the wingers ever to grace the game in the history of modern football. Since joining Liverpool in 2017, the Egyptian forward has changed not only the course of his career but also the history of the English club Liverpool. Given how famous Salah is, pages after pages on the internet have been written about his achievements and records. Therefore, in the following paragraphs, we have brought to you a list of lesser-known fun facts about Liverpool's 11.

Salah for the presidency?


During Egypt's 2018 presidential election, millions of voters scratched the names of the two candidates and instead wrote Salah's name on the paper and threw it in the ballot box. Had Salah been a part of the election, he would've come in second. In 2018, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi won the election, but Salah would've definitely defeated Moussa Mostafa Moussa, Sisi's counterpart.

Generosity above all

Years ago, when Salah was playing for Alexandria, a thief named Amr Abdel Salam broke into Salah's house, but he was caught by the neighbours and handed over to the police station. When Salah learned about the incident, he spoke to the police and did not allow them to arrest the thief. Instead, he offered Salam some money and helped him find a job. Salah firmly believed that Salam broke into his house out of desperation and helplessness, and he deserved a second chance.

Boots in museum

In 2017-2018, Salah, in his debut season for Liverpool, broke the record for scoring the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season. In 38 games, Salah scored 32 goals, overtaking the likes of Luis Suarez, Alan Shearer, and Ronaldo. Therefore, the boot he used throughout the year was collected by the British Museum and put on display. A spokesperson from the museum said, "The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact."

In the military uniform

Similar to South Korea, serving in the military for a few years is mandatory in Egypt. In 2014, Salah was on the verge of entering the country's military service. However, Egypt's government recognised Salah's talent and exempted him from serving in the military. Had the government not exempted Salah, he may not have become such a legendary player if he had to take off from football at an early age.

Kushari or nothing

Mohamed Salah is an avid foodie, but one food that he prefers over everything else is an Egyptian dish named Kushari. The dish comprises lentils, rice, and macaroni, which are topped with various spices, onions, and tomatoes. In 2018, during an interview with CNN, Salah revealed, "When I go back to Egypt, I call my friend from the airport to buy kushari for us to eat in the car. I pull my hoodie over my head, jump into the car, and then I'm eating it straight away."


A mouth-watering plate of kushari

Many expect Salah to move to Saudi Arabia, but multiple reports claim that Salah will remain at Liverpool. On his birthday, we too wish him a longer stay at Liverpool because we wish he finds more success under the new regime of Arne Slot.