Mo Salah’s record for his country is jaw-dropping.
The Egyptian flyer clinched his nation a place in next year’s World Cup with a last minute penalty winner against Congo – which quite literally brought Cairo to a standstill.
Salah’s effort was his 32nd in 56 caps, which is a sublime rate of scoring – especially considering he never plays as an out and out striker.
That means that so far in his international career, Salah’s bagged a goal every 0.57 games.
In comparison to two of the greatest players of all time, this is actually a better goals:game ratio.
Cristiano Ronaldo has 79 goals in 146, scoring every 0.54 games, while Lionel Messi has 58 in 121 – at a rate of every 0.48 matches.
Salah’s record is also better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 0.53 and Robert Lewandowski’s 0.56.
In fact, the only player of elite pedigree Salah is notably below in terms of goals:game internationally is Neymar, whose 52 goals in 80 have come at a rate of 0.65 per match.
What’s more, Salah’s most recent form for Egypt has far excelled any of these stats, bagging 14 in his last 18 competitive fixtures.
That’s world-class form.
To think, we captured this 25-year-old for less than £40m this summer just gone.