The Mo Salah Movement. Who is he and what is the big deal?

From taking 5 busses for training every day to having one of the best football chants we’ve heard. Liverpool’s number 11, Mo Salah has the most modest story in the game

“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.”

After leaving Egypt at a young age to pursue his dream in football he has progressed rapidly, in some areas quicker than his predecessors, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.

Not only is his football achievements admirable but Salah has taken social media by storm. With 7.8 million followers on Instagram, and endless grinning selfies with his baby daughter Makkah, whom he named after his religious holy land mecca, Salah is winning the publics support across all angles.

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Photograph: Instagram @MoSalah22

And now the all famous chant.

Taking the tune of the 1996 classic ‘Good Enough’, fans have knocked the old famous Fernando Torres anthem out the park. Not only is the tune an appreciation of his talent on the pitch, but his personal life has been incorporated into the song. Featuring lines like:

“If he scores another few then I’ll be a Muslim too” and “Sitting in a mosque, that’s where I wanna be.

Now, football is notorious for its rowdy supporter’s, there’s a history of on and off pitch racism, incited riots, and foul behaviour but Salah seems to be leading some form of a ‘footie revolution’.

The reaction has been phenomenal too. People from across the world are reacting positively to this strange series of events.

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Why is this such a big deal? In todays day and age, Islamophobia is on the rise. It’s not even a small fluctuation, a very scary, very rapid rise. Therefore, seeing certain tweets and seeing your stereotypical ‘football hooligans’, praising and positively connoting the religion of Islam and it’s practices is such a big step in the world of social politics.

Here’s the all famous video:

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