Mo Salah Is The Sports Illustrated Cover Star In Watershed Moment
Mohamed Salah's popularity has soared after an incredible 44-goal, record-breaking season with Liverpool and his global appeal has increased to the point where Sports Illustrated, the legendary American publication first published in 1954, have made him front and centre.
Salah is one of four cover stars for the magazine's World Cup preview edition and took part in an in-depth feature interview with journalist Grant Wahl.
It's a huge deal for the 25-year old, along with many proud Egyptians who completely and utterly adore their talisman. And it perfectly underlined what a star 'The Egyptian King' has become following his heroics on Merseyside.
There he is, right on the front, arms stretched out and looking like a million bucks. A watershed moment in every sense.
Salah's World Cup dreams looked to have taken a big blow when he suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid following a tough challenge from master shithouse Sergio Ramos.
He left the field in tears in the first half and was seen with his shoulder in a sling afterwards - posing for a picture with 'Salt Bae' of all people.
However, the Egyptian FA are hopeful that their main man will be ready to feature on the world stage and reckon his absence won't exceed three weeks.
In addition to his Sports Illustrated gig, as well as documentaries on his rise, there's huge demand in Salah being the FIFA 19 cover star after the season he's just had.
FP, a site completely devoted to FIFA-related content, have been running a poll and Salah is coming out on top.
At the time of writing, the former Roma man has collected a staggering 312,021 votes (25%) out of a total of 1,263,061 - beating FIFA 18 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo.