Mo Salah has been compared to arguably the greatest sportsman of all time, Roger Federer!
The legendary Swiss tennis player, the most brilliant male athlete to ever pick up a racket, won his 20th Grand Slam title earlier this year at the Australian Open, beating Marin Cilic in the final.
According to ex-Basel president Bernhard Heusler, Salah’s attitude and humility reminds him of his countryman Federer.
Salah of course played for Basel between 2012 and 2014, before eventually moving to Chelsea, Italy and thankfully, to Liverpool.
Heusler recalled a tale of where he went to watch Salah play for Egypt’s U23s before signing him.
“There are a few sportsmen like this. Roger Federer is another. They never forget where they are from. They are humble and respect the people who were involved in their pathway even when they have gone on to bigger things,” he told Sky Sports.
“Maybe it is no coincidence that it is the most successful people who are like that. I am so impressed with him.
“The only reason we wanted this match was because of the chance to see Mohamed Salah play live.
“I will never forget what I saw that day on that pitch. We were so impressed. It was freezing cold but he was amazing. He only played the second half but I had never seen a player with so much speed in my entire life.”
Obviously, Salah is not yet on Federer’s level in terms of greatness!
But he’s achieving brilliant things individually this season under Jurgen Klopp.
However, football, unlike tennis, is a team sport – and his success will be defined by the number of trophies he wins – hopefully with Liverpool.
Our only chance of silverware this term is the Champions League, where we face FC Porto tomorrow in the Last 16 away leg.