Some people don’t even know where is Egypt in the world map until Mo Salah arrival in the premier league. Mido might not be the first Egyptian who graced the Premier League, but he did raised some eyebrows.
The Egyptian first taste of European football came at the tender age of 17 when he moved to Gent from Zamalek. From homesickness to become fans favorite, his performance earned him a move to Ajax. Experiences in Holland in undoubtedly valuable & memorable for him, as he played alongside player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ajax is not the only top european club in Mido’s history book, he also went to Marseille & AS Roma. He don’t stick around for long in the capital of Italy because it is as not as sweet as it seems. Somehow he managed to force a move to England later to join Tottenham, a deal made possible by super agent Mino Riaola.
White Hart Lane quickly becoming his hunting ground, where he scored a total of 14 goals for them. Spurs and the Premier League give him a recognition he deserved, and a breakthrough in the world best league.
Egyption Mido continue to play in England later with Middlesbrough, Wigan, West Ham & Barnsley. He also returned to his former club Zamalek and Ajax at the end of his short career, as he claimed that he “fell out of love for football”.
The forward record for his national team isn’t bad either. Notched 20 goals in 51 games for Egypt is quite impressive but winning the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) is much sweeter. A cup that Mo Salah haven’t win, yet.