Since his Anfield arrival in 2017, Egyptian Liverpool FC player Mohamed Salah has given his fans a lifetime worth of memories and proven to be a solid representation of the Arab world internationally, achieving milestone after milestone and collecting countless accolades. To put his treasure chest of achievements into context, The Pharaoh, as he is affectionately known, equaled Portuguese champion footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s Premier League scoring record in far fewer games, and will be immortalized in wax by London’s top attraction, Madame Tussauds.
In celebration of the sportsman’s 29th birthday today (June 15), we’ve rounded up six additional iconic moments of his career.
Scoring four goals against Watford in March 2018
During his record-breaking first season at Liverpool, arguably Salah’s greatest performance in the Premier League, came against a visiting Watford at Anfield. Not one, not two, not three – the star brilliantly scored four goals against the Hornets, with his first and third goals good enough to be contenders for the goal of the season. Salah destroyed the Watford defense as Liverpool won the game 5-0.
Winning the Puskas Award in September 2018
The former Roma player was awarded the honorable 2018 Puskas Award at the FIFA Award ceremony for his wondrous curler in the Merseyside Derby. Salah is the only Liverpool player to win this prestigious award which recognizes the best goal scored in a calendar year.
Being named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in April 2019
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Being called “a better human being than a football player” by HBO star John Oliver and also featuring as one of the US magazine’s six cover stars in April 2019, the feminist striker called upon men in the Arab world to treat women with more respect and urged for gender equality in his interview.
Bringing his daughter on field in May 2019
“Yes, I know we have one at home. This is a new one” pic.twitter.com/9q8L7fSOgB
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 12, 2019
Liverpool fans were crushed after Manchester City beat them to the Premier League title by just one point on May 18, 2019, but were cheered up when Salah’s daughter, Makka, unexpectedly collected a ball and began dribbling it towards the goal amid chuckles from commentators. The proud father punched the air in celebration when she found the back of the net.
Breaking down Manchester United at Anfield in January 2020
Salah’s famous last-minute goal against arch-rivals Manchester United is a beautiful moment for the player. Salah had previously scored against every “top 6” team in England, having single-handedly destroyed the likes of Arsenal, Spurs, and City before. However, he had yet to open his account against Liverpool’s biggest rivals, and that changed in the 90th minute of this game against the Red Devils. Brazilian footballer Alisson Ramses Becker found Salah with a perfect long ball and the winger ran ahead with the ball and calmly finished past Manchester United player David de Gea.
Winning Premier League PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for 2020-21 in June 2021
— Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) June 11, 2021
Just four days ago, the superstar claimed the individual honor after a prolific goalscoring campaign in the top flight that saw him register 22 goals and five assists. That contribution helped the Reds secure a third-placed finish and also saw him included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year earlier in June this year.