Mohamed Salah reveals his two football idols growing up
Mohamed Salah has revealed that his former AS Roma teammate Francesco Totti and Brazil legend Ronaldo De Lima were his footballing idols when he was growing up.
The Egypt international got the chance to play alongside his idol Totti, who announced his retirement last summer, during his impressive stint at AS Roma, before leaving to Liverpool.
“I’ve said it before many times. The Brazilian Ronaldo and [Francesco] Totti,” Salah said in an interview with CNN Inside the Middle East when asked about his boyhood heroes growing up.
“He’s unbelievable. He’s quality – both as a person and a player. He’s calm, which is great, but has a very quiet confidence. I learnt a lot from him,” Salah said as he described his former teammate and former AS Roma captain Francesco Totti.
After his impressive performances on his debut season with Liverpool, which saw him score a total of 43 goals across all competitions so far, the 25-year-old forward has been compared to La Liga legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, the Egypt international distanced himself from suggestions his goalscoring exploits have put him in the same bracket with the pair.
“No, not for me,” he replied. “I knew from the beginning of the season that I had a target [for goals] in my mind.
“I will keep it until the end of the season and then I will say what it is. I’m happy about what I did until now, and I want to keep doing that until the last game, so yeah, we’re going to see. We will do another interview at the end of the season! It’s fine,” he added.
The former AS Roma winger will get to face Ronaldo for a second time this year after they faced off in Egypt’s 2-1 loss to Portugal in a friendly in Switzerland in March. They’ll meet in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on May 26, after the Reds advanced with an aggregate score of 7-6 over AS Roma, and Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate.
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