A mural of Egypt and Liverpool soccer star Mohamed Salah is seen as people sit outside a coffee shop in Cairo, Egypt, January 4, 2018 - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany A mural of Egypt and Liverpool soccer star Mohamed Salah is seen as people sit outside a coffee shop in Cairo, Egypt, January 4, 2018 - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

How great is he?: UEFA on Salah

Fri, Jan. 5, 2018
CAIRO – 5 January 2018: The European Football Federation (UEFA), through its official website, published a lengthy report on the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, a professional player at Liverpool Club of England, after being crowned the African Footballer of the Year for 2017 by the African Football Confederation (CAF), ahead of Senegalese player Sadio Mani of Liverpool, and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund.

The UEFA report on the Egyptian player, entitled " Salah is African player of the year: how great is he?"

UEFA reviewed in its report the records Salah achieved throughout his career, most notably scoring 17 goals in 59 games played in various European competitions, which made him the top Egyptian goal scorer in the competitions of the whole continent. In the Champions League, Mohamed Salah was able to score 12 goals in 31 games.

UEFA added that Mohamed Salah has continued to break records since moving to Liverpool, after he became the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals before the start of the Christmas season since Ian Rush in 1986/1987.

Salah also equalized the record of goals of Roger Hunt, one of Liverpool's legends, after scoring 23 goals; 17 goals in the English Premier league and 6 goals in the Champions League before the start of the new year.

UEFA also remembered some of the quotes by coaches, players and friends’ of Mohamed Salah.

"Mohamed was willing to sacrifice everything. I told him to keep a timetable: no staying up late to watch TV, not getting out of bed late. He didn't. He lived as he should. He would pray and then go to sleep early. I am not the man who made him but I know he listened to me. He listened to everyone," said Hamdi Nooh, former al-Mokawloon coach.

"He could compete in a race with Usain Bolt," said Murat Yakin, former Basel coach.

"He is still my friend and we are still in contact. He's a top, top, top player. He did not get his chance at Chelsea," said Eden Hazard, Chelsea midfielder

"We knew about his superb qualities, but we did not expect him to have such an impact on Italian football. Perhaps only Messi is faster than him with the ball at his feet," said Vincenzo Montella, former Fiorentina coach.

"I'm very happy for Mo – he is the king of Egypt! He has done amazingly so far. He has scored a lot of goals, he has played brilliantly. Off the pitch, he is a very good guy. He is an amazing signing for us," said Emre Can, Liverpool midfielder.

"If he had played better at Chelsea, we'd probably not have had him – so I am happy at the situation... His desire to score goals is at the highest level. He is angry at me when I take him off after 65 minutes or so. That's the mentality you need," said Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager.
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