What Mohamed Salah Did When A Man Burgled His Family Home Is Just Incredible
It's always nice when someone who is really good at something also turns out to be a nice person. It looks like Liverpool FC's Mo Salah might just be that sort of guy.
The supremely talented footballer recently gave an interview with the Daily Mail that gave a fantastic insight to his childhood, the difficulties he faced growing up in Egypt, and his journey to the top of the footballing world.
One standout story from the piece tells of a time when his family home was burgled. The thief was caught two days later and despite his father wanting to press charges, Salah asked him to drop the case.
Salah proceeded to give the thief some money to get his life up and running. He even tried to help him find a job.
Apparently Salah just 'wants everyone to have a chance to better themselves', which is pretty admirable, let's face it.
That's not all, though. His inspiring journey has involved not only a lot of compassion, but also a lot of hard work and determination. Speaking to Liverpool's official website recently, the unstoppable Egyptian has spoken about the incredible sacrifices he made as a young man.
Salah revealed that he used to start his daily trip to training at 9am in the morning and would get home at around 10:30pm, taking at least five buses to get to his destination.
"I had originally been playing for a club that was half an hour away from my village in Basyoun," he told Liverpool's official website.
"Then I signed for a club in Tanta, which was one-and-a-half hours away. From there, I went to Arab Contractors in Cairo, so it was a four to four-and-a-half-hour journey five days a week to get to training.
"I was having to leave school early to travel to training. I would go in from 7am until 9am and then I had an official paper to give to my club to say 'Mo can leave school early so he can reach the club at 2pm to train'.
"So I was only at school for two hours a day during that time. Now, everything would be difficult if I was not a footballer, I think!"
He continued: "For five days a week, every week for three or four years, I would make this journey. I was leaving at 9am in the morning, then I would arrive at the training ground at 2pm or 2.30pm.
"Training was always at 3.30pm or 4pm. I would finish training at say 6pm, then I'd go home and arrive at 10pm or 10.30pm. Then it was eat, sleep and then the day after the same thing.
"And it wasn't just taking one bus - I'd have to transfer buses three, four or even sometimes five times just to arrive at training and then back home again."
Well, luckily for him his sacrifices are now paying off. This season he has broken into the world's elite, fired Liverpool to the Champion's League semi finals, and leads the Premier League scoring charts.
He will also lead Egypt into their first World Cup finals since 1990 this summer.
It's nice when good things happen to good people.
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