Mo Salah to be taught to Egypt's schoolchildren
The 29-year-old's story on the pitch, as well as his extensive charity efforts off it, are now included in both primary and secondary school books across the nation, The Times reported on Monday.
His sporting successes, which have seen him rack up the highest total number of English Premier League goals of any African footballer and become a lynchpin for Liverpool, are covered at primary level, while secondary pupils will learn of how he's given back to society.
The text for secondary students reads: "Salah's desire to help others is because he wants to give young people a chance to succeed.
"He is a role model to millions of Egyptians who give him the nickname 'the happiness maker'."
Salah has given the impoverished Nagrig agricultural village in northern Egypt – where he is originally from – ambulances, a school for girls, and a water plant.
He also created a group to help the orphaned and impoverished in Gharbia Governorate, where Nagrig is located.
A thoroughly religious man, his now seven-year-old daughter shares a name with Islam's holiest city, usually spelled "Mecca" in English.
A photo of Makka and her father adorns the secondary-level textbook.
With this team, winning should always be the only option. pic.twitter.com/J8QDh8bWZh— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) October 25, 2021
Salah's victories have seen Liverpool acquire a huge Egyptian following.
Yet even with Salah's captaincy, the Egyptian team has repeatedly struggled, having exited the 2018 World Cup in Russia without a victory.
Liverpool fans need not worry, however. They can except more fantastic Salah finishes for Liverpool for some time to come, as the forward recently said he wants to finish his career at the Merseyside club.