Mohamed Salah becomes the first Egyptian to win the Premier League
The Liverpool forward made history this week – as did Sadio Mané and Naby Keita, the first Senegalese and Guinean players to win the English league.
Mohamed Salah entered the history books on Thursday as he became the first Egyptian footballer to win the Premier League. It’s another feat for the Liverpool player, who last year, became the first Egyptian to win the Champions League.
Yes. It feels THAT good. I want to thank all our supporters watching us from all corners of the world. You made this possible for us and I hope we can keep bringing you the joy you deserve. 🎶 now they’re gonna believe us 🎶 😀 pic.twitter.com/bqkXM1Fjpj— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 26, 2020
Curiously, Salah already has a Premier League winners’ medal - just not an official one. He made just three appearances during Chelsea’s title-winning season in 2014-15 but under FA regulations, a minimum of five games is required to be eligible for a medal. Even though he didn’t qualify for a medal, and had spent the tail end of the campaign on loan at Fiorentina, manager José Mourinho didn’t want Salah to be left out and ordered a replica medal for him, saying that he had contributed to the team’s success. Now, Mo is the proud owner of the real thing.
Salah has reached a number of milestones during his time at Anfield – in 2018, he became the second fastest Liverpool player to reach 20 goals (just behind George Allan who managed the feat in 19 games in 1895/6); he also is one of the top 10 players who have reached 30 goals or more for the Reds in one season during the post-War years.
Mané and Keita flying the flag for Africa
And Salah isn’t the only Liverpool player to make history after clinching the league. Sadio Mané is the first Senegalese to pick up a Premier League winners’ medal and Naby Keita is the first Guinean player to win the English league.
With Liverpool’s title triumph, the total number of African players who have won the Premier League has risen to 18.
African players who have won the Premier League
Ivory Coast: Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Yaya Touré, Kolo Touré
Cameroon: Lauren, Geremi Njitap, Joel Matip
Nigeria: John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Nwankwo Kanu
Ghana: Jeffrey Schlupp, Daniel Amartey, Michael Essien
Senegal: Sadio Mané
Liberia: Christopher Wreh
Guinea: Naby Keita
South Africa: Quinton Fortune
Algeria: Riyad Mahrez
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