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With the start of the Africa Cup of Nations featuring world stars such as Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane and Edward Mendy, it is a tournament that will provide a lot of excitement and excitement in Cameroon. However, there is no doubt as to who the headline is: Mohamed Salah.
Salah’s amazing stats
Salah currently scores 16 goals in the Premier League, 6 more than his closest rivals, while only Sebastian Haller and Robert Lewandowski have more goals in the Champions League. The Egyptian has 9 assists in the Premier League this season, shares the lead with teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and, perhaps most impressively, has scored 20 or more goals in the past five seasons.
Salah is Liverpool’s primary man, but his value to his country goes even deeper. Egyptian TV presenter Shema Saber told Football Now, “It’s definitely a unique case. He’s our boy. He’s a great role model who has worked hard to achieve his goals. We are so proud to have such a role model. He’s a child for every child. A role model.”
Should Mohamed Salah be considered the greatest African footballer of all time? This question is discussed in this week’s episode of Football Now in the run-up to the continent’s biggest tournament.
football in africa
Sport began in Africa in the late nineteenth century. Less than 100 years later, the Confederation of African Football, also known as CAF, was founded by Sudan, Egypt, South Africa and Ethiopia. This witnessed the opening of the African Nations Cup.
A 2011 Sportsmarkt survey showed that 72% of the continent’s population is interested in football. According to David Goldblatt’s Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-21 Century, 300 million people regularly watch the Premier League.
Which players should be considered the greatest of all time?
When it comes to African players, Salah is in great company. Other notable candidates include George Weah, who has achieved high achievers both on and off the field. In addition to receiving the Golden Ball – he is now the President of Liberia. Roger Milla opened the world’s eyes to the incredible talent at Africa’s disposal when the 38-year-old led Cameroon to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup. Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o scored over 600 goals between them and won a handful of league titles as well as the biggest competition in the world. Europe, Champions League.
South African broadcaster Feso Mazebuko believes Samuel Eto’o thinks he is the greatest footballer in Africa. He told Football Now, “Growing up watching football, I don’t think there is a player who exemplifies African supremacy on a football field like Samuel Eto’o. He is currently the best scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations. He also won it twice, so this is the person Who did that on the international stage and someone who did that on the club stage as well.”
In contrast, former Premier League defender Chris Samba believes that Mohamed Salah has earned his place in the debate for the best African player of all time, but feels that at the age of 29, it is too early to call him. “He is in his prime now, but I think we have to judge it towards the end of his career. Of course, I think he will be there, but there is still plenty of time for him to add a lot of titles and many other awards to his name.”
Mohamed Salah will, of course, have another chance in the next few weeks to add another trophy to his group with his Egyptian side looking for titles in Cameroon. And with it being the year of the World Cup, 2022 could be the year the Liverpool striker takes a giant step towards becoming Africa’s greatest footballer of all time.
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