Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has revealed how important his father has been to his success as a footballer.
In an interview and accompanying photo shoot for GQ Middle East, Salah said that his father paid a high price for him, and he is very grateful.
In addition, he has given some tips to aspiring young players hoping to follow in his footsteps and become a professional.
‘I would complain that I didn’t want to travel [the four hours] to training,’ said Salah, remembering the role his father played.
‘But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.’
After being awarded his first contract, Salah reveals that he wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass him by.
‘In that period, I decided that I must become a professional footballer,’ he said. ‘It was an opportunity I wasn’t going to waste. That was one of my first big decisions: don’t let this slip from your hands.’