As if Mohamed Salah hasn’t had a tough enough month, somebody leaked the Liverpool and Egyptian superstar’s home address on Facebook. Someone else may have been furious that their privacy was violated, but when his fellow Egyptian people visited his house in Cairo, Salah instead greeted them as if they were his neighbors.
Salah went outside to take photos and sign autographs as fans greeted him at home. In many ways, what could have been a negative turned into a positive for the star player.
Hundreds of #EGY fans gathered around @MoSalah’s home in Egypt hoping to get a glimpse of the superstar and take a photo with him after his address was leaked on Facebook. Salah obliged and took photos with many. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/W9X5K0OChK
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) June 28, 2018
According to reports, firetrucks and private security were deployed to guard @MoSalah's home from the hundreds of fans who surrounded it. Rather than stay inside, he emerged to sign autographs and take pictures. A class act despite invasion of privacy. pic.twitter.com/1vWY6Vk28i
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) June 29, 2018
After suffering a shoulder injury at the hands of Sergio Ramos at the UEFA Champions League final, Salah raced to get healthy for the World Cup. After missing the Uruguay game, Salah came back and scored Egypt’s only two goals but Egypt lost all three games in their first World Cup since 1990.
But what may have been worse for Salah was an impromptu photo op with Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov. And because of some of the reprehensible actions Kadyrov has done, this specific photo op was something that may or may not have been Salah’s choice to attend.
Regardless, it seems like the Egyptian people have forgiven him and if Salah was actually considering retiring from the Egyptian National Team, these fans may have convinced him to stay.
[ESPN/Photo: Getty Images]