Mohamed Salah is seemingly in the head of every ex-Egyptian player.
During Egypt’s disappointing AFCON campaign, Liverpool’s N0.11 picked up a hamstring strain against Ghana in the group stages.
As a result, it was agreed that the 31-year-old would travel back to Merseyside for more specialised treatment as opposed to staying in the Egypt camp.
This decision did not go down well with certain former players of the Egypt national team.
Egypt’s record goal scorer Hossam Hassan – now the new manager of the Pharaohs – was quick to make his feelings on the decision known, saying:
“Big clubs always send doctors and physical therapists with top players to these tournaments, and in Liverpool, they know if Salah needs something, they will send doctors to him.”
“Salah, with his great value, should continue with the national team both morally and psychologically.”
“It affects other teams that he can participate at any time, but his departure will affect Egypt negatively and the opponents positively.”
Former Premier League and Egypt striker Mido also made some jibes at Liverpool’s talisman, sarcastically saying that Salah was doing ‘special’ exercises at the AXA Training Centre that were not possible in the Egypt camp.
Now Mido has not let up and has attacked Mohamed Salah once again.
What did Mido say about Mohamed Salah?
Speaking on the Untold podcast (via GOAL), Mido has claimed that the Liverpool man does not have the leadership skills of a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Furthermore, the former Middlesbrough striker substantiated his claims by highlighting that Salah rarely wears the armband for Liverpool:
“Is Messi as a leader for Argentina like Salah as a leader for Egypt?”
“Salah is Egypt’s star, but does what he does with the national team resemble what Messi does with Argentina?”
“Does Salah do what Ronaldo does with Portugal?”
“Directing players in penalty kicks, saying who will take the shot and who will follow, and imposing his personality on everyone.”
“Salah has evolved mentally, but he has never been a leader on the pitch, the evidence for that is why he didn’t get the captain’s armband at Liverpool?”
“Ask yourself why Salah has never worn the captain’s armband for Liverpool?”
“Don’t say it’s because he’s a foreign player, as this is not a factor in English football, and there is ample evidence.”
“Salah was negatively affected by becoming the captain of Egypt.”
“He would have had more freedom and less pressure if he remained without that armband.”
It seems that Salah can just not catch a break in his home country, despite all that he has tried to do for his nation.
The 31-year-old has 54 goals for the Pharaohs, and also helped take them to an AFCON final not too long ago.
Hopefully the few ex-players who seem to have a problem with how successful Salah has been will ease up with their negativity.
The winger just does deserve this kind of consistent attacks after trying his best for his nation.
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