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mohamed salah hamed ghaly

Mohamed Salah Hamed Ghaly
Egyptian footballer/Liverpool player
He is also known as Mo Salah, who is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players of his generation and amongst the greatest African players of all time, he is known for his clinical finishing, dribbling, and speed.

Salah played for both the Egypt U-20 team and the Egypt U-23 team, representing Egypt in both the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics,[237] scoring a penalty against Argentina in the round of sixteen of the former tournament, with Egypt losing the match 1–2.[238]
Salah was selected for the youth squad to play at the 2012 Summer Olympics[239] scoring in all three of the team's group games. In their opening match on 26 July, he scored Egypt's second goal in a 3–2 defeat to Brazil.[240] He scored the equaliser in their 1–1 draw against New Zealand played on 29 July,[241] before scoring Egypt's opening goal in a 3–1 win over Belarus in their final group stage game played on 1 August,[242] securing advancement into the knockout stage of the tournament, where Egypt were eliminated following a 3–0 quarter-final defeat to Japan on 4 August.

On 3 September 2011, Salah made his debut for the Egypt national football team in the 2–1 away defeat by Sierra Leone.[244] He scored his first goal for Egypt's first team in the 3–0 win against Niger a month later, on 8 October, in qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
On 10 June 2012, he scored a goal in the 93rd minute in stoppage time against Guinea to give Egypt an important 3–2 away victory in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. On 9 June 2013, Salah scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Zimbabwe as Egypt won their fourth consecutive match in the World Cup qualifiers. A week later in the following match, he scored the only goal away to Mozambique, putting Egypt into the final qualifying group.On 10 September, Salah scored his sixth tournament goal in a 4–2 win over Guinea, securing Egypt a 100% record to finish their qualifying group and becoming the joint-top scorer among all African teams in the qualification stages.

Salah and his wife, Maggi, married in 2013. Their daughter, Makka, born in 2014,is named in honour of the Islamic holy city of Mecca. He had another daughter, Kayan, born in 2020. Salah is Muslim and celebrates goals by performing the sujud. On this goal celebration, Salah told CNN, "It's something like praying or thanking God for what I have received, but yeah, it's just praying and praying for a win. I've always done that since I was young, everywhere.”