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The internet reacts to Salah signing for Fiorentina

Posted on February 3, 2015

Salah leavesReactions across social media from club and national team teammates to the British Ambassador in Egypt on signing for Fiorentina.

Last night, Mohamed Salah joined Fiorentina on a six-month loan, as part of Chelsea’s €33.4 million deal for Juan Cuadrado. In this report, we sum up how the internet reacted to the Egyptian’s move.

Many players and journalists congratulated Salah and wished him the best of luck on his new adventure in Italy. Chelsea and Spain international Cesc Fabregas used a bit of Arabic in his Instagram post as well, wishing the 22-year-old forward good luck and calling him “habibi” (Arabic for my love/friend).


Chelsea stars, Hazard and Ramires, also used Instagram to wish Salah good luck with his new club. Both of them posted pictures with Egyptian winger with almost the same exact caption.

Good luck with your new club my friend👍👍 @mosalah22

A post shared by Eden Hazard (@hazardeden_10) on

@mosalah22 Good luck my friend! God bless you!!

A post shared by Rami7oficial (@rami7oficial) on


Spain international and Chelsea left back César Azpilicueta used twitter as a platform to say his goodbyes to Salah, referring to him with his nickname “momo”: “Good luck with Fiorentina Momo! I’ll be watching you from London! See you soon!”

Hull City defender and Salah’s Egypt NT teammate, Ahmed Elmohamady, also wished Salah the best of luck.

UEFA Europa League’s official account on twitter announced the deal last night and asked their 2 million followers their thoughts about the deal and if Salah would be a success.

The British Ambassador in Egypt also bided farewell to Salah as he tweeted in Arabic slang: “You’ll be missed. Mohamed Salah in Italy. InshaAllah you’ll return to English ground once again. Good luck.”

Mohamed Salah supported his new club on twitter before their clash with Roma in the Coppa Italia, tweeting his first word in Italian: “forzaaaaaa Fiorentina.”

The tweet attracted more than 2,100 RTs and 2,600 favourites so far, making it his most popular tweet ever.

Egyptian football legend Mohamed Aboutrika replied to Salah saying: “waiting for the surprise.”

A surprised that was revealed the following day as the recently retired Aboutrik acknowledged Salah’s squad number choice (#74), an attempt to remember the victims of the Port Said disaster.

The Serie A official twitter account announced the deal along with some of the the Egyptian’s statistics with his pervious clubs as they tweeted: “#Chelsea announces the transfer of #Salah to #Fiorentina until the end of the season. Welcome @22mosalah!”

It’s also well known now that wherever an Egyptian player leaves to, a tide of Egyptian fans follow.

Fiorentina’s Facebook page is now the fastest growing Italian Sports club page, gaining a staggering 100,000 followers in the past week, and 33,000 just today.

An analysis of Fiorentina’s 1 million likes on their page on Facebook – which they have just reached this morning – shows Egypt in 3rd place regarding the number of likes by each country right after Italy and Columbia.

Fiorentina page growth

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Fiorentina’s announcement of the Egyptian’s arrival on Facebook showed some amazing numbers. The post was like 44,000 times, shared 1,800 times and commented on 17,000 times, certainly a record for the Fiorentina Facebook page.

Salah also exchanged follows with Cuadrado, and of course, his new club’s twitter account.


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