Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has turned down the offer of a luxury villa as a reward for sending his national side Egypt to the World Cup.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has turned down the offer of a luxury villa as a reward for sending his national side Egypt to the Russia World Cup next summer, and instead asked for a donation to be made to an Egyptian village.
The 25-year-old fired the Pharaohs to their first summer tournament since 1990 earlier this month, netting both goals, including a last minute penalty, in their 2-1 win over Congo.
The last gasp winner sparked scenes of jubilation on a mass scale inside the Cairo International Stadium, and due to this the tricky attacker was approached by a businessman from his home nation in reward of his achievements.
According to Egyptian sport website yallakora.com, as cited by the Liverpool Echo, Mamdouh Abbas, the former president of Egypt Premier League club Zamalek, contacted Salah following the victory and offered the Reds winger a holiday villa as a gift for helping the nation reach their first World Cup finals since 1990.
However, Salah politely declined the gesture, and instead insisted that a donation to his home village of Nagrig - situated around 150km from capital Cairo - would make him happier.
In Basioun, a city 7km west of Nagrig, the electric Liverpool attacker's former school already bears his name following his successes on the pitch, the ‘Mohamed Salah Industrial High School’, as will Nagrig’s youth centre - which is to be renamed in his honour.
Since arriving at Anfield in July of this year from Serie A giants Roma for around £37.5m, the 25-year-old has taken the Premier League by storm.
The both chance creator and taker currently leads the way in the Reds' goals tally for this term - netting eight times in 11 competitive fixtures for the Merseysiders, however he has also played a part elsewhere by claiming two assists.
The Liverpool faithful will be hoping their Egyptian star can continue his excellent start to life in the north west when they take the trip to the capital to face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.