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02nd Jun 2018

Mohamed Salah’s family got robbed and in response he helped change the thief’s life

He returns to his hometown of Nagrig every Ramadan

Kyle Picknell

His good deeds are seemingly endless.

Whilst Mohamed Salah was firing Egypt to their first World Cup finals in 18 years his family home was robbed. The culprit was discovered a couple of days after the incident and Salah’s father wanted to press charges.

When Salah himself heard about the case, however, he dealt with it in his own way by giving the thief some money to try and turn his life around. Remarkably, he also helped to try and find the man a job.

According to The Mail Online, this is all just a testament to the Liverpool forward’s character. After Egypt qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Russia – thanks to a 94th minute penalty from the Kop hero – he was also offered a villa as a reward by a former president of football club Zamalek.

He had previously turned down a move to Egypt’s biggest team in 2011 and instead of accepting he asked that an equivalent donation to be made to his hometown Nagrig instead.

Egpyt’s assistant manager Mahmoud Fayez told the Mail the reason behind Salah’s continued successes: “He is doing an extraordinary job. The secret of his brilliance? It is his modesty.

“He is a superstar but he lives as a simple person. He uses his abilities to serve his country and you can see what it means to him when he sings the national anthem.”

“He fights every second, every moment, every sprint, every tackle, every shot. He fights. This is Salah. This is why he is the hero of every Egyptian.”

Salah has certainly kept in touch with his roots and his childhood friend Mohamed Bassyouni reveals that he still comes back to Nagrig every Ramadan, “to present prizes to local kids.”

“He comes here, he plays table tennis and pool. When he comes back, he signs every autograph, stands for every picture. He hasn’t changed” he explained.

Thankfully the Egyptian FA medical team have given the player the green light for the World Cup and all going well he should appear in their first game against Uruguay on June 15. Had he missed the tournament through injury, the game would have been robbed of one of its brightest stars.