Liverpool Forward Mohamed Salah Gives Away Thousands To Help Egyptians.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has enjoyed an incredible year on the pitch, finishing as the top scorer in the 2017-18 Premier League season, becoming the fastest player in the Reds’ history to score 50 goals and firing his team to the Champions League final.
Off the pitch, a series of heart-warming gestures mean the 26-year-old is not only endearing himself to Liverpool supporters but football fans across the world.
“Mohamed has been a pure human being since he was young,” Hamdi Nooh, the coach at Arab Contractors, his first professional club.
When he was 10 and training at his local club in his village of Basyoun, there was a dog that had puppies just under the stands surrounding the training pitch.
“Although he was still young, Salah used to carry food to the training pitch all the way from his house every day to feed the puppies. He’s always been like that. He has a big heart and loves to be giving.”
His donations are across the spectrum as shown when he gave more than $30,000 ($23,400) to help former footballers in Egypt, with even the country profiting when Salah gave nearly $300,000 to a government whose economy was plummeting last year.
But it is his home village of Basyoun, where the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation has helped 450 families financially by giving them a monthly allowance, that has profited the most.
“Salah has never forgotten his roots – unlike other players who often forget their families and villages when they become wealthy,” says Inas Mazhar, who worked as the Egypt national team’s media officer between 2016 and June 2018.
“It is well known that Salah dedicates a lot of money for those in need in his village. Everything goes through his father, who knows what to do.
In Egypt, his popularity has been such this year that when presidential elections were held in March, more than one potential voter spoilt their ballot to nominate a footballer who was not even in the running.
“Everyone was going to vote for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi but I thought this is the least I could do to show my appreciation,” said Abdallah Hani, 20.
“Salah has given us so much – it’s time for us to give back.