Salah won CL player of the week despite disappointing result
To everyone’s surprise, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scooped the Champions League player of the week award for the first matchday. Liverpool struggled against Sevilla taking only one point at home. Also, Salah’s goal was a lucky one as the deflection played a big part in the ball going in the net. So how on earth did Salah take the award when Messi and Ronaldo played wonders in their respective games?
Such preference for Salah in the votes is obvious. The speedy winger has fanatical support backing him from his homeland Egypt, where the population is around 95million.
“This is a country that is obsessed with football,” Egyptian football fan Omar Ashraf told to the Liverpool ECHO.
“It’s intrinsically linked to politics, culture, and feuds between different cities. Mohamed Salah is quite literally the most unifying Egyptian person in years.
“Mohamed never played for El-Ahly or El-Zamalek, who are the big two in Egypt, before he left for Europe, so there was no reason for either of the massive contingents to turn on him.”
The Egyptian effect on social media
Mohamed Salah leads the way among Liverpool players in the social media followers sphere. The former Roma player has 5.1million folowers on Instagram. This calculates to half a million more followers than Liverpool FC themselves. On Twitter, Salah boasts 2.86million followers, 700,000 more than Liverpool‘s second most-followed player Daniel Sturridge.
This rise in interest from Egypt was evident when Stoke City bought fellow Egyptian Ramadan Sobhi. The surge in followers from Egypt forced Stoke to create social media streams specifically in Arabic.
In the end, it would be wise to expect Salah to dominate public-votes awards in the upcoming months. And please note, in just a month besides taking the Champions League award, Salah picked up Liverpool’s official Goal of the Month and Player of the Month for August.