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Didier Drogba Told Mo Salah To Break His Premier League Record

Didier Drogba Told Mo Salah To Break His Premier League Record

Mohamed Salah broke a slew of ridiculous records in his stunning 44-goal season for Liverpool and one of the milestones he holds dearest saw him usurp Didier Drogba.

The PFA, FWA and Premier League Player of the Year scored 32 goals in his second stint back in the Premier League, three more than Drogba's best tally of 29 in Chelsea's 2009/10 title-winning season under Carlo Ancelotti.

In addition to scooping the Golden Boot and managing the most goals ever scored in a 38-game Premier League campaign, 'the Egyptian King' also holds the record for the most Premier League goals scored in a single season by an African player.

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The 25-year old's header against Bournemouth in April took him to 30 in the league and knocked Premier League legend Drogba off his perch.

Image: PA
Image: PA

As well as admitting his pride at achieving such an honour, Salah revealed that his former Chelsea teammate told him to break the record when they spoke back in February after Salah netted his 20th goal of the campaign in the dramatic 2-2 draw with Spurs.

Of course, the Liverpool No.11 told him he would do just that.

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"He told me: 'Please, break the record!' to which I responded laughing: 'No worries, I will!'

"And I managed [it]. So I thought to myself: 'I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record!.'

"It's a great source of joy for me."

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Drogba and Salah were pals during their brief time together at Stamford Bridge and their friendship remains strong, with the Ivorian sending a beautiful message to the former Roma man when he became the highest-scoring African.

Telling Salah the best is still yet to come from, he told him how wonderfully he is representing their continent:

There was no better man to break the record was there? Here's hoping Salah is able to continue his electric form in his first World Cup, despite his ill-timed shoulder injury.

Topics: Didier Drogba, Liverpool, Football News, Africa, Football, Premier League, Liverpool FC, Mohamed Salah

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