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Salah speaks about youth, idols

(Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

(Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah spoke with France Football Magazine about his experiences and idols growing, including current Roma teammate Francesco Totti.

“I feel lucky to be with him today in everyday life”, said Salah about Totti when asked about his idols. He continued, “And then there was also Zidane. The Frenchman, Zinedine Zidane! Because I played with another Zidan, my compatriot Mohamed Zidan, in the national team. I admire Mohamed Aboutreika, Emad Moteab, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Barakat … They won three CAN in a row between 2006 and 2010!”

Salah was asked about his training regimen in his youth, where he explained that he would spend “four hours each day on his way to training”. He added, “when I joined Arab Contractors, I did not expect to get into the first team so young. But it happened. Continuing on about his professional debut, he said, “I was sixteen when I started in front of ENPPI and I felt a lot of pressure…Then there was my first pro goal against the great Al Ahly of Cairo. And that changed my life!”

Salah went on to recall his performances in the 2011 U20 World Cup and the subsequent Olympic games in 2012. He cited his performances in these two tournaments that enabled him to get his first senior national team call up. Speaking about his first periods with the senior team, Salah said, “2012 was a critical year in my career. Bob Bradley is someone I appreciate as a coach and a man.”

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