Salah: "Zidane was my childhood hero"
The Liverpool striker said he had three heroes growing up and mentioned Real Madrid's manager as one of the men who inspired him as a child.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's man of the moment and European football's most recent sensation, told UEFA during an interview before the Champions League final against Real Madrid that Zinedine Zidane was his hero.
"Of course you do the things that he wants," he said about Jurgen Klopp. "But he gives you the freedom to play your own style of football. He always gives players the confidence to do what they want to do in games. It helps you to perform better. That's his strength. It's not just for me, it's for everyone. Everyone has confidence and that's why we score so many goals. He's not just my friend, he's a friend to everyone in the team," he said.
Salah, who plays as an attacker and a traditional winger but adds goals by the boatload says his favourite players growing up were "[Francesco] Totti, Brazilian Ronaldo, [Zinédine] Zidane. My thinking was to choose three players who were completely different to everyone else in the way that they play," he said.