Liverpool Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, has broken the Premier League record for goals scored in a 38-game season.
The ‘Pharaoh’ now has 32 goals in 36 games with his strike against Brighton on the last matchday breaking the record set by Alan Shearer in 1995-96 and matched by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-08 and Luis Suarez in 2013-14. Andy Cole and Shearer scored 34 goals each, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 respectively, when the Premier League season was 42 games long, before the deduction to 38 games for a campaign.
Earlier this season, Salah have succeeded Didier Drogba as the best African scorer in English Premier League history, as well as already been named as the top Arab scorer ever to play in England.
With this goal, Salah ended Harry Kane's two-season run as the Premier League's top scorer. Kane was aiming to become the second player, after Alan Shearer, to win the prize three seasons in a row, but a young winger from Nagrig, Egypt has spoiled his wish.
Salah returned the English football last summer in a deal worth around £37million, having been sold by Chelsea 12 months previous after 19 underwhelming games and two successful loans spells with Fiorentina and Roma. At his arrival, many commentators underrated him as ‘not prepared for the Premier League’, or ‘too expensive for not a top class player’. He proved all of them wrong, while winning multiple individual awards and helping Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League final for the first time after more than a decade. The prizes’ list Salah has won this season is unbelievable:
Liverpool Player of the Month (7 times)
Premier League Player of the Month (3)
Players' Association Player of the Month (4)
Champions League Player of the Week (3)
The Players' Player of the Year
Football Writers' Player of the Year
Liverpool’s Player of the Year
Liverpool Players’ Player of the Year
Arab player of the year
CAF Player of the Year
Selected for CAF Team of the Year
BBC’s African Player of the Year
Premier League Top Scorer
Premier League Player of the Season
All in all, the Egyptian exploded this season with direct involvement in 59 goals, and won 29 personal titles. These are numbers who are familiar with the biggest names in world football: Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Egyptian now has 45 goals across all competitions this season, following short of Ian Rush's record return of 47 - in 65 games - set in 1983-84. Salah has 1 game left to try and break the record in this historical and mind-blowing season - the Champions League that will take place in Kyiv on May 26th. Can the Nile Magician set yet another benchmark for Liverpool football club?
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