According to large Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, Mo Salah will not break his fast that as a Muslim, he’s currently undertaking as part of Ramadan, before the Champions League Final.
According to the Islam faith, followers cannot drink, eat, smoke or have sex during daylight hours from May 17th until June 15th.
This means that Salah will go 18 hours without eating or drinking before the game against Real Madrid in Kiev – and have an hour window – between 8:45pm (when the sun goes down) and 9:45pm (when the match starts) in which to replenish himself.
We do not know if Sadio Mane is observing the ritual as strictly, because there’s no reports which let us know – but if he is – the same will be true of the Senegalese winger.
Al-Masry Al-Youm also claim that three calves will be sacrificed as a blessing by Salah’s family and that his performance won’t be affected.
On first glance, this worries us a little – as it’s obviously not ideal from a strictly sporting point of view that our best player will be malnourished ahead of one of the biggest games in our history.
But it’s not for us to judge. Salah knows his body and has been using it with devastating brilliance all season.
He’ll also have Liverpool’s doctors and physios making sure he’s in peak condition – and the hour before the game will be crucial in rehydrating him.
Millions of Muslims still perform highly in sporting activity and working life throughout the world during Ramadan – and Salah will hopefully be no different.