World Cup 2018: Salah the key to unlock defences

By Mutala Yakubu
Mohamed Salah could be the key man for Egypt
Mohamed Salah could be the key man for Egypt

Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly the best player on the African continent at the moment.

His pace, creativity and eye for goal make him stand tall among all his peers.

Since 2010 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominate the headlines in any upcoming World Cup but this year, there is a third man, Egypt and Africa's Mohammed Salah.

Messia and Ronaldo have dominated the headlines at the every World Cup since 2010The World will certainly have their eyes on Mohamed Salah at Russia 2018 which begins this week.

Salah made his senior debut for Egypt in 2011 and was part of the 2014 qualification process where the Pharaohs got to the final playoff before being smashed 7-3 on aggregate by Ghana.

By the time of Russia 2018 qualifying, he was definitively his country's main man.

He is looking at a potential shortlisting for the 2018/2019 Ballon D'Or, he has the Premier League single-season goals record and an opportunity to make history with Egypt at the World Cup.

Salah has been tipped by some to win the Balon D'ORSalah is highly revered in Egypt. He is seen as the man who single-handedly qualified his nation to the World Cup after a hiatus.

He scored five goals out of Egypt's eight in the qualifying, including the vital double in Egypt's 2-1 win over Congo, capped by the dramatic stoppage-time penalty that sealed qualification.

He is now a household name in Egypt as his images are now on billboards and merchandise.

Salah has his image painted on walls in EgyptWhen Liverpool splashed out a then-record fee for a winger whose last Premier League stint had ended in failure, the critics were quick to pounce.

Mohamed Salah joined Liverpool at the start of the seasonTwelve months on, they are eating their own words as the Egyptian has taken England and Europe by storm.

Egypt is in Group A and will open their 2018 World Cup account on June 15 against Uruguay before taking on the host, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt are in Group A of the World CupThe biggest headache of every Egyptian fan is "will Salah recover from his shoulder injury to face Uruguay?"

Salah injured his shoulder in the Champions League finalHe is currently the most inform player on the planet and is a sure match winner if fit.

Read also:Russia 2018: 5 key Egypt players to watch out for

The 25 -year old has been instrumental on all front. He is currently the African Footballer of the Year, the BBC African Footballer of the Year, the PFA player of the Year and won the Golden Boot in the just ended EPL season.

He had his best season as a football scoring 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions.

Salah is PFA Player of the YearSalah has made 57 appearances for Egypt with a return of 33 goals.

Egypt is not expected to win the World Cup, but a fit Salah can be the biggest thing to Egypt aside from the Pyramid of Gizza.
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